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Azhar is now a “global terrorist”

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Published on May 07, 2019 with No Comments

China’s turnaround has enabled the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief and alleged Pulwama attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

China let go of its technical hold on sanctioning Azhar after pressure from its UNSC peers, relentless diplomatic outreach by India.

Azhar will now be subject to a travel ban, freeze on his funds and prevented from accessing arms, with Pakistan assuring it would immediately implement the fineprint of UNSC directions.

Hectic bargaining and consultations at the UN and in Beijing had preceded the Chinese decision to stop blocking Azhar’s blacklisting. As a result, the listing removes all references considered “political” and by implication not factual. India thus had to settle for blacklisting without a mention of J&K and Pulwama attack.

China hinted as much when its Foreign Office spokesperson said, “Recently, relevant countries revised and re-submitted the materials for the listing proposal to the 1267 Committee. After careful study, China does not have objection.” India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin, who helmed New Delhi’s diplomatic lobbying at the UN, expressed gratitude to all the UNSC members, “big or small”, for their backing.

France, which was the first to nationally designate Azhar and was attempting blacklisting by the European Union, took the lead in welcoming Azhar’s designation. The US, France and the UK had served an ultimatum on China to lift its technical hold in a UNSC subcommittee and were threatening to approach the UNSC plenum if this did not happen. China consoled its all-weather friend Pakistan for breaking ranks by crediting it with “enormous contributions to fighting terrorism” and promising to “firmly support” its efforts to combat terrorism.



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