Amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan over Islamabad’s denial and duplicity over terror groups flourishing under its watch.
A fresh proposal by the US, UK and France has been submitted at the United Nations Security Council or UNSC to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist.
If the proposal is passed, Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar will get the tag of being a ‘UN-designated global terrorist’, which in turn would subject him to global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.
The fresh proposal, moved on Wednesday by the three permanent veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, will also get Russia’s backing because Moscow has supported the ban on Masood Azhar in the past.
All eyes, however, will be on China, which has repeatedly blocked similar proposals in the past.
The Security Council Sanctions Committee will have 10 working days to consider the fresh proposal submitted by the three members.
It remains to be seen how China, which is Pakistan’s all-weather ally, will vote on the proposal this time, following a crucial bilateral meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Wuzhen, where she participated in the Russia, India, China (RIC) Foreign Ministers meeting on Wednesday.
On February 21, China had to sign off on the UNSC press statement that “condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir, which resulted in over 40 Indian paramilitary forces dead and dozens wounded on February 14, 2019, for which Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility”.