U.S. looks to Pak PM Imran Khan to implement Masood Azhar’s listing

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The MEA had earlier said that New Delhi has shared all evidences of terrorist activities of JeM and its chief Maulana Masood Azhar with China regarding the terrorist leader's 1267 listing. But the move by the 15-member committee, which operates by consensus, was blocked by China, which had previously prevented the sanctions committee from imposing sanctions on Azhar in 2016 and 2017.

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

India's representative to the United Nations Syed Akburuddin on Wednesday declared Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN.

China removed its hold on the proposal, which was moved by France, UK and the U.S. 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.

China said on Wednesday that it lifted its veto on designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist after studying "revised material" submitted by relevant countries to the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council.

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The spokesman said Islamabad rejected earlier proposals to list Azhar as terrorist as those efforts had a political agenda and aimed at maligning Pakistan.

Last month, during an interaction with a small group of foreign journalists in Islamabad, the Pakistan prime minister said he believes there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and settling the Kashmir issue if Modi's party BJP wins the general elections.

And today, it lifted the "technical hold" on the proposal to blacklist under the Security Council's Sanctions Committee.

He said the listing of Masood had been under consideration in the Sanctions Committee for several years (since 2009).

"If you go through the press statement by FATF, one of the action plans specifically mentions that Pakistan has to demonstrate effective implementation of targeted financial sanctions (supported by a comprehensive legal obligation) against all 1267 and 1373 designated terrorists and those acting for or on their behalf", he said.

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Before this Beijing had repeatedly blocked attempts by the United Nations Security Council to blacklist Azhar, most recently on March 13. They come months after Azhar's group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack in disputed Kashmir.

China lifted its "temporary hold" on the proposal spearheaded by the French and backed by the United Kingdom and the US. The Foreign Office said that the current listing proposal has been agreed after all political references, including attempts to link it with Pulwama incident and maligning the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris and their right to self-determination, were removed.

"As JEM's founder and leader, Azhar clearly met the criteria for designation by the UN".

India will ask the global money laundering and terror finance watchdog to put Pakistan on a blacklist of countries that fail to meet worldwide standards in stopping financial crime, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.

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