Assets of JeM founder Masood Azhar freezed by France

SUKIRTI MISHRA 15/03/2019 16:45 PM

Paris. The assets of Pakistan supported terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad founder Masood Azhar  have been freezed by the French government. The French interior ministry, finance ministry and foreign ministry issued a joint statement stating that France would discuss enlisting  Masood Azhar on a European Union list of people suspected of being involved in terrorism.

Pakistan has been in continuous pressure from political powers across the globe, to undertake strict actions against groups conducting terrorist activities in India. It includes the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad which claimed responsibility for the February 14 terror attacks in Pulwama, Kashmir that martyred at least 40 Indian paramilitary police.


This step of France to freeze the assets of Jaish has come days after China blocked a proposal by UNSC to enlist Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. As per the proposal, Azhar was scheduled to be designated under the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Security Council was moved by UK, US and France on February 27, days after a Jaish suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, resulting in increased tensions between India and Pakistan.

Azhar led JeM has also been associated with several terror attacks in India over nearly two decades. The attack on Indian Parliament on December 13, 2001 which killed 9 security personnel and officials was also led by Jaish-e-Mohammad group.

“A deadly attack took place in Pulwama on 14th February 2019, claiming over 40 victims from the Indian police forces. The Jaish-e-Mohammed, which the United Nations has deemed to be a terrorist organization since 2001, has claimed responsibility for this attack, the French statement said. It added, France has decided to sanction Masood Azhar at the national level by freezing his assets in application of the Monetary and Financial Code.”





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