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Not Designating Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar As Global Terrorist Is Against The Regional Stability And Peace, The US Said On Tuesday

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 13 Mar 2019, 02:44:02 PM
Several previous attempts by these three countries inside the UN Security Council were blocked by China, the all-weather ally of Pakistan

New Delhi:

Not designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist is against the regional stability and peace, the US said on Tuesday ahead of the UN Security Council making a crucial decision in this regard. Masood has been considered as the man behind terror strikes in India. He was involved in the attack on Parliament, the Pathankot air force base, army camps in Jammu and Uri, and the latest suicide attack on CRPF in Pulwama. On February 14, at least 42 CRPF personnel were killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 30 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district that also left many critically wounded.

More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir.

Following the attack, the United States, Britain and France - have moved a resolution to designate Azhar as a global terrorist.

Several previous attempts by these three countries inside the UN Security Council were blocked by China, the all-weather ally of Pakistan.

China, which is one of the five veto-powered members of the Security Council, so far has been asserting that there is not enough evidence against Azhar to designate him as a global terrorist.

Amidst a mounting global outrage in the wake of the Pulwama attack that led to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan, US, Britain and France hope that Beijing would act wisely and would not oppose their move this time to designate Azhar as a global terrorist.

On the eve of the crucial decision by the UN Security Council, the Trump Administration on Tuesday 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.

The JeM, he said, has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.

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First Published : 13 Mar 2019, 08:27:59 AM

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