India hopes to get JeM chief Masood Azhar listed as “global terrorist” at UN; will China play spoilsport?

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New Delhi | Published: March 13, 2019 2:06:42 PM

India's attempts to list Azhar as a “global terrorist” at the UNSC committee have been resisted by China. This time New Delhi is keeping a close tab on Beijing's movement.

MASOOD CHINAJaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and China

India is making big efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar listed by UN as a global terrorist! If this happens, it will be one of the biggest diplomatic victories for the Narendra Modi government. With the deadline set to end tonight (12.30 am IST), New Delhi is leaving no stone unturned to convince United Nations Security Council (UNSC) members not to object to the listing of dreaded terrorist Masood Azhar. The UNSC has five permanent and 10 non-permanent members.

Why Masood Azhar?

JeM chief Masood Azhar has been bleeding India through his well-planned cowardly measures. He has targeted India’s supreme institution, common people and security personnel. Azhar is the mastermind behind ghastly attacks on Parliament in December 2001, Pathankot attack in 2016 and the deadly attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama on February 14. Azhar is in Pakistan and the Foreign Minister of that country Shah Mahmood Qureshi has himself admitted to the fact that Islamabad knew his whereabouts and was in contact with him.

If India manages to get him listed as a global Terrorist by UN, Azhar’s assets, arms will be frozen and his travelling movement will be restricted. Apart from this, Pakistan won’t be able to play the victim card anymore. While Indian Air Force’s Balakot airstrike delivered a body blow to Jaish, the listing of Azhar will break its backbone.

Modi government’s ploy

With an aim to tighten the noose on Azhar and Jaish as well as corner Pakistan diplomatically, New Delhi is keeping close contact with the US and China regarding the matter. While, India’s earlier attempts to list Azhar ended in frustration, this time its proposal has firm backing from the US, UK and France. Russia has extended its support to New Delhi over the matter. The three non-permanent members European countries – Belgium, Germany and Poland – have also shown its positive intents towards India.

India has kept close ties with Saudi Arabia and the UAE to manage support from Indonesia and Kuwait. The authorities in Washington, London and Paris were also coordinating on Dominican Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Peru and South Africa. India has already provided necessary dossiers to members countries, according to an IE report.

The member countries have time till 12.30 am IST on Thursday (3 pm New York time) to raise any objection. The Indonesia-headed 1267 sanctions committee that has been looking after the matter will be waiting till 12.30 tonight and if no one raises the objection, Azhar will be designated, the IE report said.

China – the hurdle

India’s attempts to list Azhar as a “global terrorist” at the UNSC committee have been resisted by China. This time New Delhi is keeping a close tab on Beijing’s movement. So far China has not taken any forward movement. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang has said that Beijing would showcase responsible attitude and follow “rules and procedures” of the UNSC Resolution 1267 sanctions committee. India wants to wait and hope for big diplomatic victory to check cross-border terrorism.

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