New Delhi, May 1: Marking a big diplomatic victory for India, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday placed Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar in its sanctions list.
“The Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida, and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities approved the addition of [Masood Azhar] to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List,” the UN committee said.
India had been making persistent efforts to designate Masood Azhar as global terrorist and the latest move was reiterated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, claimed by JeM, on a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force which killed 40 CRPF personnel.
India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative at the U.N. Syed Akbaruddin tweeted: “Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in U.N. Sanctions list. Grateful to all for their support.’’
India’s sustained efforts and negotiations with key UNSC members turned out to be crucial factors that appear to have influenced China to relent which had earlier blocked all moves at the world body to ban Masood Azhar.
It was in March that countries like the U.S., UK and France led the move to list Masood Azhar but China came up with its “technical hold” and put a roadblock once again. However, Beijing indicated only a few hours ago that Azhar’s listing issue would be resolved positively.