In a huge diplomatic win for India, the United Nations yesterday designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him. In a tweet, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to UN, Syed Akbaruddin said, big and small nations all join together for this and India is grateful to all for their support.
A “global terrorist” designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo. In 2009, India moved a proposal by itself to designate Azhar. In 2016 again India moved the proposal with the P3 – the United States, the United Kingdom and France in the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of the attack on the air base in Pathankot in January, 2016.
In 2017, the P3 nations moved a similar proposal again. However, on all occasions China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, blocked India’s proposal from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee.