New Delhi : In a major diplomatic victory for India, China finally lifted its technical hold on Jaish-e-Muhammad leader Masood Azhar, a long time terrorist proxy of Pakistan military and author of the Pulwama attack, being designated a “global terrorist” by the United Nations.
China relented after intense pressure from the US, UK and France and even smaller countries, including Indonesia, the most populous Islamic country in the world which chaired the UN Sanctions Committee that formally made the designation, backing India, much to Pakistan’s embarrassment.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin said, “Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in @UN Sanctions list. Grateful to all for their support.”
India has pursued the case against Azhar in the UN for a decade and MEA said Pakistan was “mischievously” attempting to salvage a diplomatic embarrassment – a reference to Islamabad saying there is no reference to Pulwama.
It was a moment to celebrate as it marked India’s victory as well as it has been fighting to designate Masood Azhar as a “Global Terrorist” who has been involved in many terror attacks. China bowed to international opinion after Jaish owned up to the Pulwama attack and India mounted a renewed effort to sanction Azhar. For Islamabad, the ban on Azhar is a serious reverse, coming as it does after near total absence of any criticism of India’s air strikes on Balakot. The Trump administration fully backed New Delhi’s efforts to make China see reason.