UN Bans Global Terrorist Masood Azhar After China Removes Objections

UN Security Council designated Pakistan based terrorist Masood Azhar as a global terrorist on Wednesday, in what could be said as a diplomatic win for India. Masood Azhar is the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terrorist organization that operates out of Pakistan.

India had been trying to get Masood Azhar banned by the UN Security Council for quite some time. Every time, the proposal was blocked by China, which used its veto powers in the Security Council. The latest proposal was pushed by US, Britain and France after Jaish-e-Mohammed attacked an Indian convoy of Central Reserve Police Force at Pulwama in Kashmir. 40 soldiers lost their life in this attack and the Indian government had said that it had sufficient evidence about the involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammed in the attack.

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had visited China last week and had provided more evidence to China about the role of Jaish-e-Mohammed in the Pulwama attacks. China had softened it stand over the last few days and today it removed all objections paving way for Masood Azhar to be declared as a Global Terrorist.

In election season, this move could prove to be beneficial for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking for a re-election.

Sukanta Jana