Pulwama terror attack fallout: France to move proposal at UN to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar

Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility of the Pulwama terror strike that left 40 CRPF personnel dead.

Press Trust of India February 19, 2019 21:33:49 IST
Pulwama terror attack fallout: France to move proposal at UN to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar
  • This will be the second time France will be party to such a proposal at the UN

  • In 2017, the US, supported by the UK and France, had moved a proposal at the UN to ban Masood

  • The French decision was discussed between Philippe Etienne, Diplomatic Advisor to the French President and Ajit Doval

New Delhi: In a significant development, France will be moving a proposal at the United Nation in a "couple of days" to ban Masood Azhar, chief of the UN-proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) which has claimed responsibility of the Pulwama terror strike that left 40 CRPF personnel dead, French sources said on Tuesday.

Pulwama terror attack fallout France to move proposal at UN to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar

Security forces personnel arrive for reinforcement during the gunbattle in Pulwama. PTI

This will be the second time France will be party to such a proposal at the UN.

In 2017, the US, supported by the UK and France, had moved a proposal at the UN's Sanctions Committee 1267 to ban the chief of the Pakistan-based terror outfit. However, the proposal was blocked by China.

"At the UN, France will lead a proposal to put Masood Azhar on the terrorist list... It will happen in a couple of days," a senior French source told PTI.

"The French decision was discussed between Philippe Etienne, Diplomatic Advisor to the French President and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval Tuesday morning," French sources told PTI.

While expressing his sincere condolences, the French leader also emphasised that the two countries should coordinate their diplomatic efforts.

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