France puts financial sanctions on Masood Azhar, India welcomes move

France would raise the issue with its European partners with a view to including Masood Azhar on the European Union list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts.

Written by Newsroom Staff March 15, 2019 17:49

New Delhi: France has decided to freeze all assets of Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, JeM chief Masood Azhar, in application of the country’s Monetary and Financial Code.

The French government’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, said, France has always been and always will be by India’s side in the fight against terrorism. It said, 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 statement issued by the French interior ministry, finance ministry and foreign ministry said that France would raise the issue with its European partners with a view to including Masood Azhar on the European Union list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts.

the UN to ban Masood Azhar

France’s decision came two days after China on March 14 blocked Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist at the UN Security Council.

This was the fourth time in the last ten years, when China, on March 13, put a technical hold on a proposal by the US, the UK and France, among others, to enlist Pakistan-based Azhar as a global terrorist at the UNSC, despite his outfit carrying out the ghastly Pulwama terror attack on February 14, which killed over 40 CRPF personnel in India’s Jammu and Kashmir.

“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,” a release issued by France noted.

India welcomes decision

India on Friday welcomed France’s decision of putting financial sanctions on Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar and freezing his assets.

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson took to Twitter saying, “We welcome the decision taken by France to sanction Masood Azhar, Chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based & UN proscribed terrorist organisation; and responsible for the Pulwama terrorist attack.”

Jaish e Mohammad claimed responsibility of the deadly Pulwama attack on CRPF convoy on 14th February this year.

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