UN may designate Masood Azhar as global terrorist today

UN may designate Masood Azhar as global terrorist today

India’s biggest diplomatic win at the world body is imminent and will be achieved today.

Highly placed sources have told India Today TV that Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar will be “designated” a global terrorist by the UNSC 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee with China lifting its hold, placed of March 13, on the move sponsored by US, UK and France.

After a decade of efforts, India finally has succeeded. Sustained effort by India’s diplomatic corps and hectic negotiations between USA, UK and France with China at the UNSC are leading to a fruitful outcome against the terrorist and mastermind of Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed in J&K.

“This was low cost, low key, below the radar, but a persistent effort”, said an official.

Masood Azhar being designated a global terrorist would give a fresh fillip to Prime Minister’s campaign as India is in the midst of elections. This is the first time that a terrorist is being listed by the UN following an attack in J&K.

In the past, the designations were consequent to acts of violence in various parts of India, except for J&K. Lashkar-e-Taiba and its leaders Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi were banned for 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Jaish-e-Mohammad was listed after the 2001 parliament attack.

Meanwhile, China has also provided indications that it “supports the issue of listing” and there has been “positive progress” in the matter while consultations are still underway.

“China supports the issue of listing, which should be resolved through political consultation within the framework of the 1267 Committee. That is also the consensus of the overwhelming majority of the members of the Council. At present, the relevant consultations are under way in the 1267 Committee. And positive progress has been made. We believe in the joint efforts of all parties. This problem can be properly solved,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

Indian Muslims stamp on a scratched photo of Jaish-e-Mohammad group chief, Maulana Masood Azhar, during a protest against Pakistan in Mumbai on February 15, 2019, the day after an attack on a paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in the Lethpora area of Kashmir. – India and Pakistan’s troubled ties risked taking a dangerous new turn on February 15 as New Delhi accused Islamabad of harbouring militants behind the deadliest bombing in three decades of bloodshed in Indian-administered Kashmir. At least 41 paramilitary troops were killed on February 14 as explosives packed in a van ripped through a convoy bringing 2,500 troopers back from leave not far from the main city Srinagar. (Photo by Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP) / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Indranil MUKHERJEE has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Jaish-e-Mohammad group chief, Maulana Masood Azhar] instead of [Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) organisation chief, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

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