France freezes JeM Chief Masood Azhar’s assets

France freezes JeM Chief Masood Azhar's assets

New Delhi: Day after china blocked the resolution to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, France has decided to sanction Azhar at the national level by freezing his assets in application of the Monetary and Financial Code.

A joint statement issued by the French interior ministry, finance ministry and foreign ministry added that France would discuss putting Masood Azhar on a European Union list of people suspected of being involved in terrorism.

“A deadly attack took place in Pulwama on 14th February 2019, claiming over 40 victims from the Indian police forces. The Jaish-e-Mohammed, which the United Nations has deemed to be a terrorist organization since 2001, has claimed responsibility for this attack, the French statement said.

It added, France has decided to sanction Masood Azhar at the national level by freezing his assets in application of the Monetary and Financial Code.”

The statement said France has always been and always will be by India’s side in the fight against terrorism.

The France government said they will raise this issue with other European partners with a view to including Masood Azhar on the European Union list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts, based on this decree.

Earlier this week, despite hectic diplomatic engagement by India and the United States, China sided with its “all-weather friend” Pakistan. It had exercised its veto for the fourth time to place a hold on the move to ban Jaish chief Masood Azhar and tag him as a “global terrorist”.

The proposal to designate Masood Azhar was moved by the US, UK, and France after JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.