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Pak to ‘immediately’ enforce sanctions imposed on Azhar: FO

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Islamabad, May 1:  Pakistan on Wednesday said it would “immediately enforce the sanctions” imposed by the UN on JeM chief Masood Azhar and agreed to his listing after all “political references”, including attempts to link him to the Pulwama attack were removed from the proposal.

Pakistan foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan would “immediately enforce the sanctions” imposed on Azhar.

“Formal action will be taken on three counts: travel ban, arms embargo and travel restrictions. That is the requirement…Pakistan is a responsible state and we will take appropriate action,” he said.

The spokesman said Islamabad rejected earlier proposals to list Azhar as “terrorist” as those efforts had a political agenda and aimed at maligning Pakistan.

“Pakistan maintains that terrorism is a menace to the world…the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee listing is governed by clear rules and its decisions are taken through consensus…Pakistan has always advocated the need for respecting these technical rules and has opposed the politicisation of the committee,” Faisal said.

“Earlier proposals to list Azhar failed to generate the requisite consensus in the Sanctions Committee as the information did not meet its technical criteria…These proposals were aimed at maligning Pakistan…and were thus rejected by Pakistan,” he said, noting that “the current listing proposal has been agreed after all political references, including removal of attempts to link it with Pulwama”.

Faisal asserted that the UN decision “will not impact the struggle of Kashmiris and Pakistan would continue to support them”.

“Pakistan will continue to extend diplomatic, moral and political support to the Kashmiris,” he said.

The spokesman said the recent listing proposal was presented on the basis of considerations beyond the listing parameters. As a result, a technical hold was placed by China, Islamabad’s all-weather ally, to bring it in line with the listing criteria.

Faisal said the current decision was based on consensus and Pakistan’s concerns were addressed after consultations with China.

He also rejected the UN’s move as a “victory for India and validation of its stance” as projected by the Indian media.

Claiming that Indian media reports were “misleading”, Faisal said the decision by the UNSC was in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to not allow any terror group to operate in Pakistan.

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