Masood Azhar declared Global terrorist; India’s concrete step to fight terrorism

It can be called India’s one step towards the victory against terrorism. Pakistan-based Jaish-ae-Mohammad leader Masood Azhar has been designated as a global terrorist by United Nations security council. It’s a diplomatic win for India as neighbor China withdrew its veto power.

The UN decision means a freeze on Masood Azhar’s finances and assets, a travel ban and an arms embargo.

Armed with veto powers in the UN Security Council, China had blocked recent moves to blacklist Azhar by placing a “technical hold” and asking for “more time to examine” the proposal.

China revised the previous stance

But in the past few days, China had displayed signs of revising its stance. On Tuesday, it had said that “positive progress” had been made on listing Azhar. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also said the problem would be “properly resolved”.

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, during a visit to China last week, had provided more evidence on the Jaish’s role in terror attacks in India. The subject was reportedly also discussed during Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Beijing, also last week.

France, which, along with the US and UK, had pressed China to change its stand, said in a statement: “For many years now, French diplomacy has been relentlessly pleading for sanctioning Azhar, head of the terrorist group responsible, notably, for the Pulwama attack last February. ”

“In our fight against terrorism, it is a big victory,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Masood Azhar’s blacklisting.

People tweeted with hashtags like #ModiHaiTohMumkinHai and #MasoodAzharGlobalTerrorist. Union Minister Arun Jaitley said the development underscored that India “is in safe hands”.

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