U.N Security Council blacklists JeM founder Masood Azhar

Vastavam web: A U.N. Security Council committee blacklisted the head of the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on Wednesday after China dropped its objection to the move, ending a decade-long diplomatic impasse. Pakistan’s ally China had repeatedly opposed efforts at the United Nations by Western powers to directly sanction JeM founder Masood Azhar, even though the group had already been blacklisted by the U.N. Security Council in 2001.

JeM has carried out several high-profile attacks in India and claimed responsibility for a February suicide bombing that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir, an attack that brought the two nuclear-armed neighbors to the brink of war.

A senior U.S. administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that Pakistan had taken some steps against Jaish-e-Mohammed after the Pulwama attack.

“However, there are additional steps that Pakistan could take to show an irreversible commitment and to permanently put these kinds of groups out of business,” said the official, also citing militant groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Haqqani network. “These steps could include arresting leaders and disrupting their ability to communicate and travel, shutting down affiliated business and charity wings,” the official said.