UNSC may list Azhar, says U.K. Minister

Mark Field

Mark Field  

‘Threat of regional instability from any escalation won’t be in China’s interest’

The U.K. expects a fresh move in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to have the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar placed on the UNSC’s 1267 committee’s ban list may go through this time, said Mark Field, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

“We want to see concerted work to stamp out terrorism in Pakistan,” Mr. Field told The Hindu . “At the UN Security Council, resolution 1267, is focused on the activities of Jaish and Azhar. There is move to bring it up again, and again we’re working with partners U.S. and France on that. I very much hope that we all will come together to ensure listing of those actively involved in terrorist activity,” the U.K. minister added.

Germany, Indonesia

The fact that Germany and Indonesia have become members of the UNSC this year may also help India, according to Mr. Field.

Asked if China may use its veto to scuttle the resolution, Mr. Field said, “With potential threat of escalation between the two neighbouring nations causing great regional instability, it is not going to be in China’s interest as it is not in the interest of the world at large. I don’t want to say too much but discussions are on to try to ensure that the listing of Masood Azhar is back on the agenda. In tandem with that we are very keen that Pakistan takes some responsibility to ensure that the areas of the country where terrorist activity is going on is cut down to send a straightforward message to the international community.”

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