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France sanctions Azhar, says will try to get him banned by EU

In a strong show of support to India, France on Friday imposed financial sanctions on Pakistan-based Masood Azhar and said it will work with its European partners for putting the JeM chief s name on the EU list of persons and entities involved in terrorist acts. The French announcement came two days after a bid, moved by it along with the US and the UK at the UN Security Council to designate the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief as a global terrorist, was blocked by China which put a technical hold. India was also a party to the proposal. A deadly attack took place in Pulwama on February 14, 2019, claiming over 40 victims from the Indian police forces. The JeM, which the United Nations has deemed to be a terrorist organisation since 2001, has claimed responsibility for this attack, said a joint statement by the French ministries of the interior, economy and finance, and foreign affairs. France has always been and always will be by India s side in the fight against terrorism, it ...

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