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‘UK actively pursuing listing JeM chief Masood Azhar under UNSC 1267’

ANI | Updated: Feb 22, 2019 20:34 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb 22 (ANI): The United Kingdom is actively pursuing the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar under United Nations Sanctions Committee (UNSC) 1267, said the British High Commission spokesperson here on Friday.
"The UK has previously supported the listing of Masood Azhar under UNSCR 1267. We are once again actively pursuing this listing and we are working with other members of the UNSC to help achieve it," the spokesperson added.
This comes in the wake of Pulwama terror attack which was orchestrated by JeM, a Pakistan based terror outfit, claiming the lives of as many as 40 CRPF personnel on February 14.
On Wednesday, British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith had said the UK and India have suffered from terror attacks but commitments over investments between the two countries should not be affected.
UK and India have suffered from terrorist attacks. So, what happened in India last week in Kashmir is something that we regret. We send our condolences and we deplore terrorism wherever it takes place. Our commitment with India remains extremely strong,” said Asquith, while talking to ANI exclusively.
Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler also said that his country is “pushing” to put JeM chief Masood Azhar on the UN sanctions list. This will be the second time that France will put forth its proposal at the United Nations.
In 2017, France supported by the United States and the United Kingdom had moved a proposal at the UN Sanctions Committee 1267 to get Azhar declared as a “global terrorist,” but the move was blocked by China by using its veto power.
India’s attempts to list Azhar at the UN Security Council have been repeatedly blocked by China at the behest of Pakistan. (ANI)