United States backs India, moves UN seeking ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar

The America's move came days after India's efforts to get Azhar banned by the UN were blocked by China in the December last.

In a sensational move by the United States, Donald Trump’s administration has moved to United Nations seeking ban on Jaish-e-Mohammed leader and Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar.

The America’s move came days after India’s efforts to get Azhar banned by the UN were blocked by China in December last year.

Earlier, India moved to the United Nations to get Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist.

America’s move might hurt China, who shares good strategic relations with Pakistan.

According to the reports, the proposal, which was finalised after “consultations” between Washington and New Delhi, said JeM is a designated terror outfit and so its leaders cannot go scot-free.

On March 31 last year, China, providing a breather to Islamabad, had extended its veto in UN Security Council against efforts to ban JeM chief Azhar.

China was the only member in the 15-nation UN organ to put a hold on India’s application with all other 14 members of the Council supporting New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.

New Zealand is the current chair of this Committee.

More details to follow.