France freezes assets of Jaish Chief Masood Azhar

France freezes assets of Jaish Chief Masood Azhar
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Srinagar: France has decided to freeze the assets of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, the French government said today.

A joint statement issued by the French interior ministry, finance ministry and foreign ministry said that France would discuss putting Masood Azhar on a European Union list of people 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.”

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

“We will raise this issue with our 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.”