Published: Fri, May 03, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

India calls for Pakistan's blacklisting by terror finance watchdog

India calls for Pakistan's blacklisting by terror finance watchdog

A UN Security Council committee blacklisted Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on Wednesday, ending a long diplomatic impasse.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says the leader of an outlawed militant group blamed by India for a February suicide attack that killed 40 of its soldiers has been added to a United Nations sanctions blacklist.

India has also blamed JeM for an attack on an airbase near the Pakistani border in January 2016, which left three security forces dead.

Earlier, the proposal was being blocked by China, which lifted its "technical hold" on Wednesday.

"The current listing has been agreed after all political references were removed, including attempts to link it with Pulwama and maligning the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris in IOK for realisation of the right to self-determination".

The US also designated Azhar as an SDGT in 2010.

China removed its hold on the proposal, which was moved by France, UK and the United States in the Security Council's 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee in February just days after the deadly Pulwama terror attack carried out by the Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM.

Masood Azhar will be subject to an assets freeze and a travel ban.

The spokesperson said that the U.S. looks forward to further and sustained actions from Pakistan as outlined in its National Action Plan consistent with its worldwide obligations.

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External Affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar ruled out any sort of deal on the listing, saying: "Let me make it very, very clear - we do not negotiate with any country on terrorism and on matters related to the security of the country".

Pakistan will continue to extend diplomatic, moral and political support to the Kashmiris, he said.

The main objective was the designation of Azhar, a process that began in 2009, "when the Pulwama terror attack had not taken place", he said.

The Indian premier said that people should be proud of Azhar's name being listed on the global terror list. "This long-awaited action is a victory for American diplomacy and the worldwide community against terrorism, and an important step towards peace in South Asia", Pompeo said in his post.

Pakistan also announced to immediately enforce the United Nations sanctions imposed on the JeM leader.

In a conference call with reporters, a senior United States administration official had remarkably sharp observations about China for its defence of Azhar. As a result, a technical hold was placed by China, Islamabad's all-weather ally, to bring it in line with the listing criteria.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) already has Pakistan on its "grey list" of countries with inadequate controls over curbing money laundering and terrorism financing.

Since 2008, the USA attempted four times to list Masood under the UNSC Resolution 1267, but every time its move was thwarted by China. The move came after China stalled a French proposal to ban Azhar in March after the Pulwama attack.

JeM itself has been on the UN's "terrorist" list since 2001.

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