UN designates Masood Azhar as global terrorist: Goal stands achieved, says India’s Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin

United Nations designates Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar (inset) as a global terrorist. “Grateful to all for their support”, tweeted Ambassador Akbaruddin

Bidisha Roy

NEW YORK (TIP): Moments after the United Nations designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, India’s Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin thanked all  countries for their support.

“Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in @UN Sanctions list. Grateful to all for their support” Ambassador Akbaruddin tweeted.

Later in an interview with Times Now he said that India’s decade long efforts finally paid off. “This is a significant outcome, we have been at it for several years, today the goal stands achieved’. Grateful to many countries who supported us i.e. the USA, UK and France and also several others in the council & outside the council; Would like to thank permanent representative of Indonesia”, he said.

Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar desiganted as a global terrorist

In a huge diplomatic victory for India and a blow to Pakistan, Masood Azhar was named a global terrorist by the UNSC 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee on Wednesday, May 1 after China lifted its hold on a proposal in this regard by the United States, United Kingdom and France.

The US described this as ‘Victory for American diplomacy.’

 “Congrats to our team @USUN for their work in negotiating JEM’s Masood Azhar’s #UN designation as a terrorist. This long-awaited action is a victory for American diplomacy and the international community against terrorism, and an important step towards peace in South Asia”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted.

‘Imran’s China trip played crucial role’

The “breakthrough” in designating Masood Azhar as a global terrorist came during Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to China where the two sides agreed to withdraw their opposition to the latest move to blacklist the JeM chief, a media report said here on Thursday.

The US, France along with the UK had moved the proposal to designate Azhar as a “global terrorist” in the UN Security Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee in February, just days after the deadly Pulwama attack.

A veto-wielding permanent member of the UNSC, China was the sole hold-out in the 15-nation world body on the bid to blacklist Azhar, blocking four attempts since 2009 by placing a “technical hold” and asking for “more time to examine” the proposal.

Hours after sanctions were imposed on Azhar, the Express Tribune, quoting diplomatic sources, reported that Pakistan and China held extensive discussions before making a decision on the Azhar issue.  “It is believed that the breakthrough came during the recent visit of PM Imran Khan to China where both sides agreed to withdraw opposition to the latest move after realising that Islamabad’s concerns were addressed,” the report said.

But the source told the paper that the listing does not mean the person should be detained. Another official claimed that authorities were “unaware” of Azhar’s whereabouts. The report also claimed that Islamabad agreeing to the designation of Azhar as a global terrorist was a “paradigm shift” in the country’s approach.

An official said Khan had made a public commitment that Pakistan’s soil would not be used against any country. (PTI)

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