All eyes on China as UN takes up proposal for designating Azhar Masood as ‘global terrorist’

Washington: All eyes will be on China globally on Wednesday as the powerful UNSC will take up the proposal for designating Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”.

Sources said designating Azhar as a “global terrorist” would result in sanctions that include a travel and arms embargo as well as an asset freeze. China has blocked such move thrice in the past.

The United States has said on Tuesday that JeM chief Masood Azhar meets UN criteria to be declared as a global terrorist and ‘failure’ to do so would be counter to achieve regional stability.

‘The United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Masood Azhar (a global terrorist) would run counter to this goal,’ US State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino has said.

India has held Masood responsible for the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel and wants firm action against him by both Pakistan and the international community.

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