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The US State Department said, the listing requires all UN member states to implement an assets freeze, a travel ban, and an arms embargo against Azhar. UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office termed it a positive development for the South Asian region.

The announcement comes a day after China, on Tuesday, called for "political consultation within the framework of 1267 Committee" to resolve the issue pertaining to the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.

In the last 50 hours, it is believed that the original sponsors of the Azhar resolution are having intense "good faith" consultations with China on what many familiar with the matter describe as a "compromise".

India cannot have a dialogue with Pakistan unless the neighbouring country takes action against terror groups operating from its soil, External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj has said.

State Department Deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said China's Opposition to the move goes against the mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace.

This comes a day after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres offered to broker peace between India and Pakistan in view of the growing tension between the two neighbours after the suicide attack in Pulwama on February 14.

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