Pakistan issues order to freeze assets of JeM chief Masood Azhar, impose travel ban

PAKISTAN : Two days after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) designated Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’, Pakistan issued an official order to freeze the assets of and impose a travel ban on the JeM chief, reported PTI. Pakistan-based Azhar is also banned from selling or purchasing arms and ammunition.

The Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) ordered all non-banking financial institutions and regulating authorities on Thursday to block all investment accounts of Masood Azhar, according to PTI. The SECP ordered that all companies should scan their data and inform the SECP within three days about the necessary action being taken against the accounts of Azhar.The UN sanctions committee on the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda on Wednesday announced the designation of Azhar, leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), over its ties to Al-Qaeda. The JeM has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama suicide attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers and eventually led to a momentary spike in military tensions between two nuclear-powered nations.