A UNSC designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo, Faisal added.
Maidul Islam, a professor of political science at Kolkata's Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, said the listing, coming soon after the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people, would help Modi keep the focus on national security in the remaining rounds of the seven-phase election.
It is important to note that Beijing's decision to lift the technical hold came just over a week after Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in China.
"The listing of Masood Azhar had been under consideration in the Sanctions Committee for several years (since 2009)". He said that recently, relevant countries revised and re-submitted the materials for the listing proposal to the 1267 Committee.
He said decisions like carrying out surgical strike and air strike along the LoC are taken when there is a strong government in the country.
The UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee listing was governed by clear rules and was based on strict technical criteria, the spokesperson said. The technical hold on it will allow more time for the committee to deliberate on the matter and for relevant parties to have further consultations.
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The country's Foreign Office said that it would immediately impose sanctions 'as it always does with United Nations cases'. If it happens than It will be a big diplomatic win for India, which has been pushing for Azhar's listing for years.
Pakistan's ally China had repeatedly opposed efforts at the United Nations by Western powers to directly sanction Azhar, even though the group had already been blacklisted by the U.N. Security Council in 2001.
In February, the Paris-based FATF had said that Pakistan "does not demonstrate a proper understanding" of terrorism financing risks posed by militant groups, including the JeM. We think that is also the consensus of the overwhelming majority of the members of the Council.
The official said the Trump administration is watching to see if Pakistan Prime Minister Khan's commitment to crack down on militants in the country "will translate into irreversible steps to end terrorist and militant safe havens inside Pakistan". This included the Indian state sponsored terrorism against innocent Kashmiris in IOK, including the inhuman use of pellet guns and human shields which found no parallel in the civilized world.
Citing examples from the past of Indian attempts to politicise the watchdog's proceedings, he said prior to the FATF plenary meeting in February, India had "circulated its own assessment of Pakistan's progress and solicited immediate support for "blacklisting" Pakistan".
"In the past, we mainly took Pakistan's attitude into consideration, but now we need to balance Pakistan's relationship with India and the rest of the worldwide community", Zhang added.