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by IRC-ADMIN - May 1 2019 7:19PM

In a significant achievement for India, Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar has been designated a global terrorist by United Nations Security Council. Jaish-e-Mohammed has been the principal organisation that backed militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. Moreover, it is solely responsible for the lives of many of our martyrs including Pulwama. Confirmation of Masood Azhar’s listing came from India’s Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin, who tweeted, “Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in the UN Sanctions list. Grateful to all for their support.” Hours before the UN’s decision, Pakistan appeared to have reconciled to the development. Government sources in Islamabad said Pakistan did not object to the terror tag for Masood Azhar any longer. On Tuesday, Beijing had said that the vexed issue of designating the Pakistan-based Azhar as a global terrorist by the U.N. would be “properly resolved”.

The achievement comes even as China vetoed India's resolution to designate him multiple times in the UNSC. It is clear that the Indian government and its diplomatic team deserves huge respect for sticking on to the task and mobilising global pressure on China. Sources say that US, UK and France had come out to speak to China that if China does not agree, then it will have to answer to the UNSC in an open discussion, which would definitely cause huge embarrassment in the global stage. Former RAW officer, Col RSN Singh told India Today "After Balakot, India has shown that it need not have International support to defend its border. Also with this development, India has stricken Pak both physically and diplomatically. A huge salute to the diplomatic team and the country's leadership".

Late April, India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale held talks in Beijing with top Chinese officials, including foreign minister Wang Yi, on critical issues including the listing of the JeM chief.

In March, China had put a hold on the proposal to blacklist Azhar after France moved a resolution following the February 14 Pulwama suicide bombing that killed 40 CRPF troopers. Beijing had said it needed more time to “study” the matter but added that it was “sincere” about building better ties with India. It was the fourth time China had blocked such a move. In the run-up to Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist, China and the U.S. had sparred with each other over the methodology after Washington said it would use “all available resources” to blacklist the JeM founder. It's clear that China had faced closures from across the global community with losing support, starting to damage his credentials. Another incredible achievement by the Modi government and proving once again the commitment of the government in national security.

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