Posted on May 3, 2019, 8:17 PM IST
UN lists Masood Azhar as a global terrorist
Masood Azhar, Jaish-e-Mohammad chief was declared as a ‘global terrorist’ by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday.
The news was confirmed on Twitter by India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin. He wrote, "Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in UN Sanctions list."
After highly placed sources informed India Today TV on Tuesday that Azhar will be “designated” as a global terrorist, Wednesday morning saw China lifting its hold on the decision. As per the UNSC 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee, sponsored by US, UK and France, the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief is officially on the list now.
The decision, which comes after years of constant engagement, is being termed as a major win for India, as he is claimed to be responsible for the 2016 Pathankot attack. Indian diplomats have been engaged in heavy negotiations with UK, USA, France and China to declare Azhar as a global terrorist.
France’s delegation, welcoming the development said, "We welcome the designation today, by the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee, of Masood Azhar on the UN’s ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List."
"French diplomacy has been relentlessly pleading for sanctioning Azhar, head of the terrorist group responsible, notably, for the Pulwama attack in February. France had adopted national sanctions against Masood Azhar on 15th March," it added.
The JeM chief has been involved in successfully committing several terror attacks in the country, the most recent being in Pulwama which killed over 40 army personnel. The move comes as a win for several nations who have joined hands to fight against terror. Not just for India but it is also a major win for several countries who have joined forces to fight against terror.