Masood’s blacklisting by UN: US, France, UK set deadline for China

Washington: The United States, France and the United Kingdom are understood to have set a deadline for China to lift its hold on their bid for a UN Security Council body to designate Masood Azhar, founder of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, which has taken responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack in February.

They want China to let the UNSC blacklist Azhar “tentatively” by April 23, or they will take the next step by moving a formal resolution for discussion, vote and passage at the UNSC.

The United States has refused to comment on the development. The US and the UK jointly sponsored the proposal.

Moved before the 1267 sanctions committee of the UN Security Council after Pulwama, the proposal stalled after a technical hold was put on it by China, which blocked all three previous attempts acting on behalf of Azhar’s host country Pakistan. Under the rules, China could keep the hold in place for six months and then three more.