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Complete UNSC statement on listing of Masood Azhar as global terrorist

The UN’s Sanctions Committee decision came after China, which had blocked the proposal four times, lifted its hold decision following the global pressure, mainly from France, UK and the US.

world Updated: May 01, 2019 19:55 IST
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United Nations on Wednesday designated Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar as a global terrorist for being associated with Al-Qaida.
United Nations on Wednesday designated Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar as a global terrorist for being associated with Al-Qaida.(AFP file photo)

United Nations on Wednesday designated Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar as a global terrorist for being associated with Al-Qaida. The UNSC’s Sanctions Committee 1267 decision came after China, which had blocked the proposal four times, lifted its hold decision following the global pressure, mainly from France, UK and the US. Here is the complete summary of reasons put out by the United Nations Security Council on blacklisting Masood Azhar.

Mohammad Masood Azhar Alvi

In accordance with paragraph 13 of resolution 1822 (2008) and subsequent related resolutions, the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee makes accessible a narrative summary of reasons for the listing for individuals, groups, undertakings and entities included in the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List.

Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 1 May 2019

Reason for listing:

Mohammad Masood Azhar Alvi was listed on 1 May 2019 pursuant to paragraphs 2 and 4 of resolution 2368 (2017) as being associated with Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related material to”, “recruiting for”, “otherwise supporting acts or activities of”, and “other acts or activities indicating association with”:

Jaish-i-Mohammed (QDe.019).

Additional information:

Mohammad Masood Azhar Alvi founded Jaish-i-Mohammed (QDe.019) (JEM) upon his release from prison in India in 1999. Azhar was released from prison in exchange for 155 hostages held on an Indian Airlines flight that had been hijacked to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Azhar has also financially supported JEM since its founding.

The UN Security Council listed JEM on October 17, 2001, as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden, and the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida (QDe.004), Usama bin Laden and the Taliban.

Azhar is also a former leader of the terrorist group Harakat ul-Mujahidin / HUM (QDe.008), aka Harakat ul-Ansar; most of these groups’ members subsequently joined JEM under Azhar’s leadership. In 2008, JEM recruitment posters contained a call from Azhar for volunteers to join the fight in Afghanistan against Western forces.

Related listed individuals and entities:

Jaish-i-Mohammed (QDe.019), listed on 17 Oct. 2001

Harakat ul-Mujahidin / HUM (QDe.008), listed on 6 Oct. 2001