Pakistan issues order to freeze assets of JeM chief Masood Azhar, impose a travel ban
The United Nations designated Pakistan-based Azhar as a 'global terrorist ' in a significant diplomatic victory for India after China has lifted its hold on a blacklist proposal from the US, the UK, and France read more...
After the United Nations has declared him a "Global Terrorist," Pakistan has issued an official order to freeze assets and impose a travel ban on Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.
The JeM took responsibility for the suicide attack in Pulwama that killed 40 soldiers from the Central Reserve Police Force and led to a spike in military tensions between India and Pakistan.
The foreign ministry said in a notification which issued on Wednesday, "the Federal Government is pleased to order that the Resolution 2368 (2017) be fully implemented" against Azhar.
According to the notification, the government instructed the officials to take actions "as appropriate to implement sanctions" against the JeM chief. It is also prohibited for Azhar to sell or buy arms and ammunition.
At the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council in February, just days after the deadly Pulwama terror attack by the JeM in Jammu and Kashmir, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France had moved the proposal to designate Azhar as a "global terrorist."
Pakistan's Mohammad Faisal foreign office spokesman has said on Wednesday that the sanctions imposed on Azhar would be "imposed immediately by Pakistan."
A permanent UNSC member with a veto, China was the only blacklist bid in the 15-nation body, Azhar, Blocking attempts by placing a "technical hold" and requesting that the proposal be "more time to examine."