A day after UN Sanctions Committee designated Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist after China lifted its hold on a proposal to ban him, India on Thursday said it does not negotiate with any country on terrorism and on matters related to the security of the country.
Responding to media queries on the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said China has already given its reason why the hold has been lifted.
Kumar also welcomed China’s decision to lift the technical hold on the listing of Azhar.
He said the Pulwama terror attack played a role in the designation of Azhar.
He said, the UN notification clearly states that Masood Azhar was listed for participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, and perpetrating terrorist activities associated with JeM. He said that listing of Azhar is a diplomatic setback for Pakistan.
On steps Pakistan is expected to take after Azhar’s designation, Kumar said, according to the Sanctions Committee, Pakistan and all other states are required to freeze the funds and other financial assets of Masood Azhar.
There will be a travel ban on the individual and an arms embargo to prevent direct or indirect supply of arms to the individuals.
He said Pakistan is responsible to the international community to take such actions as demanded by the UN Sanctions Committee.