US Says, Masood Azhar A Global Terrorist, Ahead Of Security Council Meet

US Says, Masood Azhar A Global Terrorist, Ahead Of Security Council Meet

US Says, Masood Azhar A Global Terrorist, Ahead Of Security Council Meet 

New Delhi: A day before the United Nations Security Council's meeting on Masood Azhar, the US said that the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist  meets the criteria to be designated as a global terrorist and not doing so is against regional stability and peace.
 
Masood Azhar is the head of Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed or JeM, had carried out many terror strikes in India and was also involved in the attack on Parliament, the Pathankot air force base, army camps in Jammu and Uri. The responsibility of Pulwama attack--in which around 40 CRPF Jawans were martyred--was also claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad. 

The resolution to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, was moved by the United States, Britain and France, the three permanent members of the UNSC.

The three country's several previous attempts inside the UN Security Council were blocked by China, the all-weather ally of Pakistan.

However, China one of the five veto-powered members of the Security Council, so far has vetoed proposals to ban Azhar, claiming lack of evidence to designate him as a global terrorist.

After the global pressure and increased tension between India and Pakistan after the Pulwama attack, the US, Britain and France hope that Beijing would act wisely and would not oppose their move against Azhar.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration has made it clear that there is enough evidence against Azhar to designate him as a global terrorist.

"Azhar is the founder and the leader of the JeM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters at his daily news conference.

He said that the Jaish-e-Mohammad has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.

US Says, Masood Azhar A Global Terrorist, Ahead Of Security Council Meet

The US and India work closely together on counterterrorism efforts, and that includes at the United Nations, he added, noting that their views on the Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder are well known.

However, he refrained from making a direct comment on the deliberations inside the UN on this issue.

"The United Nations Sanctions Committee, their deliberations, are confidential, and as such we don't comment on specific matters, but we'll continue to work with the Sanctions Committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate," Palladino said.

"The United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal," Palladino said in response to a question on previous successful attempts by China to block the UN designation of Azhar.