Amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan, European country of France is working on a proposal to ban chief of the UN-proscribed Jaish-e Mohammed (JeM) Masood Azhar.
The country said that this after it assumes the Presidency of the powerful UN Security Council in March, sources said.
The rotating monthly Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council (UNSC) will go from Equatorial Guinea to France on March 1.
France, a permanent member of the Council with veto powers, is working on the proposal to ban Masood Azhar.
It need be mentioned that the proposal against the JeM chief could perhaps be moved in the Sanctions Committee under the French presidency.
The Pakistan-based JeM claimed the responsibility of the suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14 in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed.
Following the incident, India bombed and destroyed JeM’s biggest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The facility at Balakot was headed by Yousuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of the JeM chief.