The decision comes a day after highly placed sources had 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.
This is a major win for India as the UNSC’s decision to designate him as a terrorist — responsible for the 2016 Pathankot attack — comes after a decade of constant effort.
Sustained effort by India’s diplomatic corpos and hectic negotiations between USA, UK and France with China at the UNSC are some of the key factors that has finally led to the ban of Masood Azhar.
Welcoming the development, France said: “We welcome the designation today, by the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee, of Masood Azhar on the UN’s ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List.”
“French diplomacy has been relentlessly pleading for sanctioning Azhar, head of the terrorist group responsible, notably, for the Pulwama attack in February. France had adopted national sanctions against Masood Azhar on 15th March,” it added.
Not just for India but it is also a major win for several countries who have joined forces to fight against terror.
The JeM chief has been involved in orchestrating many attacks including the latest one on Pulwama, claiming the lives of 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers.
Inputs from INDIATODAY