UN adds JeM chief Masood Azhar to global terrorist list

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Srinagar

The United Nations Security Council’s Sanctions Committee on Wednesday designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist list.

Azhar was blacklisted by UNSC sanctions committee after China dropped their objections to the latest proposal put forward by the US, UK and France to designate the Jaish chief as terrorist.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin wrote, “Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in @UN Sanctions list. Grateful to all for their support.”

China removed its hold on the proposal, which was moved by France, UK and the US in the Security Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee in February just days after the Pulwama attack, which left 40 paramilitary CRPF men dead. The JeM had claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Soon after the decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the United Nations (UN) decision to declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist was a big success for India’s efforts to root out terrorism and proved that the country’s voice could no longer be ignored on the global stage.

“Today is a day that would make every Indian proud! I thank the global community and all those who believe in humanitarian values for their support. India’s fight against terror will continue. We will work towards peace and brotherhood in our planet,” PM Modi tweeted.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also took to Twitter and slammed the decision said, “No mention of terror in Kashmir and no mention of Pulwama. It’s amazing how quickly the sacrifices of the CRPF men were sold down the river to get a symbolic win.”

Omar Abdullah called the UN decision against Masood Azhar a diplomatic victory for both India and Pakistan.

“The Chinese diplomats must be a happy bunch today. Their wordplay has allowed both India & Pakistan to claim a diplomatic victory. That’s no small achievement,” Omar Abdullah tweeted.

“The rest of the opposition must be wondering if it will ever catch a break. Every time the BJP campaign seems to be flagging it gets a shot in the arm. The #MasoodAzhar development in the UN today couldn’t have come at a better time for the Modi ji’s re-election campaign,” Omar tweeted.

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