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US Circulates Draft Resolution On Azhar In Security Council Image Credit: The Hindu
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U.S. Circulates Draft Resolution On Azhar In Security Council

UN panel passes separate resolution on terror financing

Sriram Lakshman

The U.S. on Thursday took the lead in bringing sanctions against Jaish-e-Mohammad ( JeM) chief Masood Azhar at the United Nations by circulating a draft resolution among Security Council members.

The move comes weeks after the 1267 Sanctions Committee failed to designate Azhar as a terrorist, after China placed a hold on a listing request that the U.S., the U.K., and France had brought before the Committee.

That listing request — the fourth such unsuccessful one in a decade — followed the February 14 suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.

The draft resolution, which The Hindu has seen, borrows wording from UNSC press statements.

It condemns “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 14 February 2019, for which a member of JeM has claimed responsibility.”

‘responsibility of states’

In a related but separate development, the Security Council passed Resolution 2462 on terrorism financing.

The resolution stresses “the primary responsibility of Member States in countering terrorist acts and reiterating their obligation to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorist acts as well as its call upon all States to become party to the international counter-terrorism conventions and protocols as soon as possible.”

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