US calls upon Pakistan to let Masood Azhar be positioned on UN terror checklist

US calls upon Pakistan to let Masood Azhar be placed on UN terror list

WASHINGTON: America is urging Pakistan to not oppose strikes to place Jaish-e-Mohammad and its chief Masood Azhar on a UN checklist of worldwide terrorists, diplomatic sources instructed Daybreak.

“This message has been conveyed to Pakistani officers in Islamabad and to Pakistani diplomats in Washington,” one of many sources stated.

Earlier this week, India urged the worldwide group to help its transfer to put Jaish and its chief on a UN checklist of terrorists that might additionally require Pakistan to take punitive motion in opposition to each.

Nevertheless, the Indian media reported on Monday that New Delhi “would solely push” for this “if China indicated its help”.

Up to now, China blocked a number of Indian strikes to attain this goal.

India as soon as once more sought worldwide help for its transfer after this week’s terrorist assault in Pulwama that killed greater than 40 Indian troopers.

Message has been conveyed to Pakistani diplomats in Washington

However a Chinese language official indicated on Friday that whereas Beijing strongly condemned the terrorist assault in Pulwama, it was not but able to help India’s UN strikes in opposition to Jaish and Masood Azhar.

“Given China’s assertion, India is unlikely to push the Azhar ban in the us till they get a inexperienced gentle from China,” The Occasions of India reported.

In Washington, nevertheless, the Pulwama assault generated nice sympathy for India.

“We stand with India because it confronts terrorism. Pakistan should not present secure haven for terrorists to threaten worldwide safety,” tweeted US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

In a separate assertion, the State Division referred to as on “all international locations to uphold their tasks pursuant to UN Safety Council resolutions to disclaim secure haven and help for terrorists”.

US Nationwide Safety Adviser John Bolton telephoned his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval after which issued an announcement, reminding all UN members, together with Pakistan, to “uphold UNSC tasks to disclaim secure haven and help for terrorists”.

However his assertion didn’t embody two key factors that an Indian assertion on the Doval-Bolton name attributed to him:

US help for India’s “proper to self defence” and providing “all help to India”.

The phrases attributed to Mr Bolton have been interpreted in India as indicating US help for any potential Indian navy motion in opposition to Pakistan.

However the factors that the Indian media constructed its narrative on have been additionally lacking from US media studies on the Pulwama assault and its penalties.

As an alternative, the media identified that the assault had positioned Washington “in a clumsy place”.

The media famous that Washington needs Islamabad’s assist to finish the struggle in Afghanistan and senior US officers have cautiously praised Pakistan’s assist in latest months towards the Afghan peace course of.

“President Trump’s emphasis on a pullout from Afghanistan will increase Pakistan’s significance to US regional coverage,” one such report claimed.

“The US authorities would possibly proceed to sentence Pakistan for offering terrorist teams with a secure haven, however that might be the potential extent of its help for India,” argued a Stanford scholar Asfandyar Mir in an article he wrote for The Washington Submit.

“As essential because the long-term India-US relationship could also be within the eyes of US strategists, the wants of the battle in Afghanistan — and Pakistan’s function there — are prone to take priority within the quick run,” he wrote.

Printed in Daybreak, February 19th, 2019

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