U.S. Renews Effort to Punish Pakistan Terrorist After China Veto
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. revived efforts to designate the mastermind of an attack last month that killed more than 40 Indian paramilitary forces as a terrorist at the United Nations after an earlier attempt was blocked by China.
A draft resolution circulated to Security Council members calls for a travel ban on Masood Azhar, head of the group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir on Feb. 14.
The Pakistan-based group’s attack last month brought the nuclear-armed nations to the brink of a full-blown war. India launched airstrikes to destroy insurgent bases inside Pakistan, prompting it to retaliate. That led to an unprecedented clash between warplanes from both sides.
India criticized a Chinese decision earlier this month to block an attempt led by the U.S., U.K., and France to get a sanctions committee focused on Islamic terrorists to list Azhar. China wields a veto power at the Security Council and could also block the fresh U.S. attempt.
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