NEW DELHI: After France froze assets of Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, Germany has come forward in support of listing Azhar as an international terrorist.

Talking to ANI, German embassy spokesperson Hans Christian Winkler confirmed, “There is a discussion going on in the European Union on the listing of Masood Azhar as a terrorist, Germany is approaching it very positively in close coordination with France.”

“Final decision on security and foreign policy can only be taken once all members of the EU agree to it,” he added. China recently put a technical hold on the listing of Masood Azhar at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a fourth time, despite the overwhelming support of 14 of 15 members in favour of listing. However, this does not bind the European Union from not listing Masood Azhar.

Diplomatic sources said earlier the EU could not list a terrorist or organisation which was not listed by the UN but according to new rules of the EU, which were modified a few years ago, it can list anyone involved in terrorism if all member-states agree.

Germany is optimistic that it will be able to gather the support of other members to list Azhar in the EU and is approaching discussion very positively, however, the process may take time.

China has also softened its position and has said it understands India’s concern on Masood Azhar.

Post-Pulwama attack, India is appraising and sharing evidence with the international community of JeM’s involvement in the Pulwama terror attack, which had claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel.

It will be a big diplomatic breakthrough for India if the EU lists Masood Azhar, this will further isolate Pakistan diplomatically.



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