Pakistan issues order to freeze assets of Azhar, impose travel ban

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Days after the UN declared him a ‘global terrorist’, Pakistan issued an official order to freeze the assets of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. Besides, the neighboring country also imposed a travel ban on Azhar and barred him from selling or purchasing arms and ammunition.

The development comes days after the UN Security Council designated Azhar as a global terrorist, a move that was being blocked by China for nearly 10 years.

The UN sanctions committee on the Islamic State and al-Qaida on Wednesday announced the designation of Azhar, leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), over its ties to al-Qaida.

Issuing a notification, Pakistan’s foreign ministry, said, “The Federal Government is pleased to order that the Resolution 2368 (2017) be fully implemented against Azhar. The government directed officials to take actions “as appropriate for the implementation of sanctions against the JeM chief.”

Pakistan foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal also asserted that Pakistan would “immediately enforce the sanctions” imposed on Azhar.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lauded the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over its decision to declare Azhar as a global terrorist, terming it a big success for India’s efforts to root out terrorism.

A veto-wielding permanent member of the UNSC, China was the sole hold-out in the 15-nation body on the bid to blacklist Azhar, blocking attempts by placing a “technical hold” and asking for  “more time to examine” the proposal.

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