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UNSC unanimously adopts resolution on Pulwama, eye on China for action against JeM chief

China won't find it easy now to veto the enlisting of Masood Azhar once UK and France move a resolution at UN 1267 Sanctions Committee, say sources.

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New Delhi: The UN Security Council (UNSC)’s permanent and non-permanent members, including China, Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution on the Pulwama terror attack.

Sources told ThePrint that the resolution, which condemned the “heinous” attack, “contains specific language that India had proposed via partner countries including on the naming of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and to bring perpetrators to justice”.

Pakistan-based JeM has claimed responsibility for the 14 February attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir.

This is the first ever UNSC statement on an attack on Indian troops in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Pressure on China

Sources said China will not find it easy now to veto the enlisting of JeM chief Masood Azhar once UK and France move a resolution at the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee, which is expected to happen soon.

China has thrice vetoed India’s attempt to enlist the JeM chief as a global terrorist.

Even the US will cooperate now with UK and France in “putting a pressure on China” to ban Azhar under the committee, added the sources.

Countries are trying to achieve this by circulating a letter through diplomatic channels, the sources said.

In the resolution, all members of the UN reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”

The UNSC resolution urged all countries in “accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of India and all other relevant authorities in this regard”.

On Friday, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted, “Pakistan comes under international pressure to act against terrorists & terror groups operating from areas under its control & to take action against those responsible for Pulwama attack. UNSC strongly condemns cowardly suicide bombing in #Pulwama by JeM. #TimeToAct”

Also read: Pulwama attack proves JeM chief Masood Azhar’s 2014 public address wasn’t a ‘one-time event’

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