Masood Azhar, chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad was declared as a designated terrorist on Wednesday by the UN Security Council 1267 Committee. More important thing is that the reasons for declaring Masood Azhar as a global terrorist did not mention the Pulwama attack of February 14, for which the terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad had taken responsibility.
Declaration of Masood Azhar as a global terrorist would mean a travel ban, arms embargo and asset freeze on him. The move is a huge diplomatic win for India. It is also a symbolic victory for India in relation to terrorism spreading from groups in Pakistan as Masood Azhar is considered a blue-eyed boy of ISI (Pakistan’s spy agency).
In the wake of Pulwama terror attack for which Jaishe-e-Mohammad had claimed responsibility and that killed 40 CRPF personnel. On February 27, P3 Nations the U.S., the U.K., and, France which are three permanent UNSC members moved a proposal to declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at UN.
India moved three proposals by itself in 2009, 2016 and, 2017 to declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist but it didn’t get the nod. On all occasions, China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN security council, placed a hold on the request. In 2019, China again put a technical hold on P-3 proposal and blocked it for the fourth time to designate Azhar. Now, China lifted its technical hold after it found no objection to declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the US, UK, and France.
China had said earlier in this weak, “some progress” had been made and indicated it was willing to change its decade-long position. Masood Azhar. He is the mastermind behind the attack on an airbase in Pathankot in January 2016. He also claimed responsibility for the 2019 Pulwama terror attack on CRPF personnel.
Azhar declared as a global terrorist because Wednesday’s listing included his support for the Jaishe-e-Mohammad since it was founded. He was also founded guilty for being associated with the al-Qaeda by recruiting terrorists for them. He not only provided financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities but supplying, selling or transferring arms and related material also.
Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs said, “This is in accordance with India’s position”. India called it a “step in the right direction”, by welcoming the decision which demonstrated the international community’s resolve to fight against terrorism and “its enablers”.