August 20, 2019 | 7:20 PM IST

Masood Azhar enlisted in UNSC’s militant chart; Triumph for India

With Pakistan’s best buddy China dropping its resistance on pronouncing Masood Azhar a global terrorist, it was a moment of massive diplomatic win for India and top political leaders of the world on Wednesday.

China decided to ditch his long-time friend on the issue after the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) concluded on April 27 and in which Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was the guest.
Masood Azhar is the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed, meaning army of Mohammed, and receives backing from Pakistan for carrying out militant activities – especially in India- February 14 Kashmir’s Pulwama attack being the latest.

It took India almost a decade’s stringent and persistent to get him on United Nations Security Council (UNSC) terrorist chart, says a report. The United States has also welcomed the move.
The announcement was made by India’s permanent representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin. Following this ban, Azhar’s personal assets and economic resources will be clamped and seized and some of his rights curtailed. Also, he will not be allowed to travel or purchase ammunitions.
A couple of hours after the declaration, the Pakistani media quoted country’s foreign office saying that it will immediately enforce UN sanctions imposed on Azhar. This move could be termed as beneficial to Pakistan as it has saved Islamabad from getting blacklisted by the UN.

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