The US and China share same kind of interest in gaining regional peace and a “failure” to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist would run counter to this goal, a spokesperson in the American embassy in New Delhi today said.
“Our views on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) and its founder Masood Azhar are well known. JeM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group.Masood Azhar is the founder and chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists group, and he clearly meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations,” the US Embassy official said.
“Technical hold” on the designation of Azhar as a global terrorist has been put up by China.
The spokesperson said, “Washington will continue to work with the UN sanctions committee to ensure that the designation list is “updated and accurate”.”
“As the United Nations sanctions committee deliberations are confidential, we don’t comment on specific matters, but we will continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate,” the official said.
“With respect to China, the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal,” he added.
The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after the Pulwama attack by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) which killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, leading to increase the tensions between India and Pakistan. .
France imposes sanctions on Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar
France sanctioned Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief, a global terrorist and took steps to stop the outfit from using French financial resources soon after China blocked a UN Security Council move to designate Masood Azhar.
A French government statement said the JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack, in which over 40 CRPF jawans were killed. “France has decided to sanction Masood Azhar at the national level by freezing his assets in application of the Monetary and Financial Code.
A joint decree of the Ministries of the Interior and Economy and Finance was published today in the Official Gazette,” said French Ambassador to India.
It is understood that the decision was aimed at imposing a national ban on Azhar.
“We will raise this issue with our European partners with a view to including Masood Azhar on the European Union list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts, based on this decree,” the press statement said.
The official said that the announcement will “impede all kind of access to the French financial sector to Masood Azhar”.
Sushma Swaraj, mimister of external affairs in India, called it a sign of “worldwide support” for India’s fight against terror. French Foreign Minister Le Drian called up Ms. Swaraj and informed her of the decision.
France gave its support to India’s international campaign on banning Masood Azhar as a terrorist who destroys global peace and safety. This action of France is expected to develop more pressure on Pakistan to take an action against the terror group in their country rather than helping and supporting them.
( With PTI inputs )
Bridge collapses in Mumbai, 6 people killed
A bridge near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station, in Mumbai collapsed on Thursday, killing six people and injuring others.
The bridge collapsed at around 7:30 pm and more than 40 people may have fallen from the bridge when it collapsed, eyewitness said.
Rajesh Yawalkar from Jalgaon, an eye witness of the incident said, “The bridge collapsed in front of me with a strong thud. There were more than 20 people under the bridge when it collapsed. I could see a woman with a baby, and a few hawkers selling bananas under the bridge. A woman who worked at the GT Hospital was also under the bridge,” he said.
“Some people fell down from the bridge. After the collapse, chaos ensued,” he explained.
“A taxi was under the bridge and people got trapped,” he said, and added, “I along with other locals helped pull them out of the rubble and took at least 10 people to the ambulance.”
“There might have been some people who would have died at the spot,” he added.
Some of the people injured in the incident were also taken to St George’s Hospital.
This is third such tragedy in two years in Mumbai.
Nishant, another eyewitness, who works at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal said, “Fortunately, I don’t take the bridge. As the bridge collapsed, I could see injured people being taken to the ambulance. Some locals were causing hindrance,” he said. “CMST bridge is a packed in peak hours as is any other Mumbai bridge. There must have been at least 40-50 people who would have fallen,” he added.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured a speedy investigation in the incident.