Pakistan orders to freeze assets of Masood Azhar, imposes travel ban

Saturday, 04 May, 2019

The call came a day after India claimed a diplomatic victory with a U.N. Security Council committee blacklisting the founder of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant group, Masood Azhar.

The decision to designate the JeM chief came three months after the ghastly terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of Kashmir carried out by the JeM.

On February 27, France, United Kingdom and USA had presented a resolution demanding a ban on Masood Azhar, on which China had raised an objection on technical basis.

Dr Faisal said Pakistan had always advocated the need for respecting these technical rules and regulations and opposed politicization of the Sanctions Committee. He said that he is a believer in Dhoni's approach.

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Earlier, the proposal was being blocked by China, which lifted its "technical hold" on Wednesday. The notification by the foreign ministry basically lists all the sanctions against the proscribed individuals for freezing of assets, embargo on arms and travel ban.

Another official claimed that authorities were "unaware" of Azhar's whereabouts.

The latest attempt to ensure Azhar was banned by the United Nations came in the form of a proposal moved by France in February following the Pulwama attack in which a suicide bomber rammed a auto full of explosives into a bus carrying security personnel.

He also mentioned that the JeM chief was "very unwell" to the extent that he can not leave his house.

The UN Security Council Sanctions Committee 1267 listed Masood Azhar, placing a ban on immediate basis.

The Pakistani said it would immediately enforce the sanctions, but also took aim at India.

However, he made it clear that Pakistan would go after these groups in a manner that the peace and security of the country was not affected.

In Washington, a senior USA administration official told reporters that "after 10 years China has done the right thing by lifting its hold on this designation".

"He can argue that his government's many years of efforts have finally paid off and delivered a major victory against terror and a major defeat for Pakistan".

"Pakistan maintains that terrorism is a menace to the world. Many members have placed technical holds on various listing proposals", the spokesperson said. Hafiz Saeed was declared a global terrorist during the UPA government.

"Government of Pakistan expresses its deep concern over the statement made by the Indian finance minister yesterday about India's intention to have Pakistan downgraded on the FATF list", said a statement issued by the Foreign Office. At the same time, it was also driven by the global anti-terrorism trend.