In a significant diplomatic win for India, the United Nations on Wednesday added the chief of an outlawed Pakistani militant group to its sanctions blacklist after the group claimed accountability for a February suicide assault in disputed Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troopers.
Sanctions towards Masood Azhar have been confirmed by Pakistan’s International Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal at a information convention in Islamabad. Mr. Azhar’s inclusion on the Safety Council’s Islamic State and Al Qaeda blacklist comes with a journey ban and a freeze on his property.
Wednesday’s growth comes lower than three months after Mr. Azhar’s group, Jaish-i-Mohammad, claimed accountability for the Feb. 14 assault in Kashmir, which is break up between the 2 nations and is claimed by each in its entirety. The clashes have introduced the 2 nuclear rivals to the brink of battle at occasions.
India had intensified its lobbying to have Mr. Azhar blacklisted after the killing of its troopers, and New Delhi shortly welcomed the Safety Council choice. Sanctions towards Mr. Azhar had been delayed as a result of China, a Safety Council member, had blocked them on three earlier events. However the council went forward after China not objected.
Mr. Azhar, 50, was blacklisted for his management of Jaish-i-Mohammad, an Al Qaeda-linked group. The official itemizing by the United nations sanctions committee stated Mr. Azhar supported Al Qaeda by supplying arms and recruiting members, and financially supported Jaish-i-Mohammed after he was launched from jail in India in 1999 in change for 155 passengers on an Indian Airways flight hijacked to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
As a bunch, Jaish-i-Mohammed had been placed on the sanctions blacklist in 2001 for its ties to “Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, and the Taliban.”
Days after the Feb. 14 Kashmir assault, India responded by launching an airstrike in northwest Pakistan that brought on no casualties. Pakistan then responded on Feb. 27 by taking pictures down two Indian warplanes and capturing a pilot, who was later returned.
Well timed intervention by the worldwide neighborhood defused tensions between the 2 South Asian nuclear powers, who’ve fought three wars since gaining independence in 1947.