US Plans to Blacklist JeM Chief Masood Azhar with Help of UK, France

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US Plans to Blacklist JeM Chief Masood Azhar with Help of UK, France

Instead of consensus, a resolution only needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes.

United Nations: In a major boost for India, the United States, Britain and France stepped up a push for the United Nations Security Council to blacklist the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) on Wednesday after China prevented an earlier move two weeks ago.

The United States circulated a resolution – drafted with British and French support – to the 15-member council that would designate JeM leader Masood Azhar, subjecting him to an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze.

Instead of consensus, a resolution only needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by China, Russia, the United States, France or Britain to pass. It was not immediately clear when the draft resolution to designate Azhar could be put to a vote.

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The United States, Britain and France initially asked the Security Council’s Islamic State and al Qaeda sanctions committee, which operates by consensus, to blacklist Azhar. However, China prevented the move.

JeM said it was responsible for a February 14 attack that killed at least 40 CRPF jawans, making it the deadliest in Kashmir during a 30-year-long insurgency, increased tensions between Pakistan and India.