Pulwama attack the last nail in Masood Azhar’s freedom coffin

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After the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) designated Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the Indian government hailed it as a big win for the country adding that Pulwama attack too played a role in the development.

India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin had tweeted the news earlier. He said, “Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in UN Sanctions list.”

The Pulwama terror attack played a role in designation of JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN, said the Ministry of External Affairs, asserting that Pakistan was making claims over the listing to divert attention from the “huge diplomatic” setback it has suffered.

The assertion came after Pakistan claimed that it agreed to Azhar’s listing after all “political references”, including attempts to link him to the Pulwama attack, were removed from the proposal to designate him a global terrorist. “The designation is not based on the basis of a specific incident, but on the basis of evidence which we have shared with members of the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee, linking Azhar to several acts of terrorism,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperon Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing, news agency PTI reported.

He said the notification broadly covers all terrorist acts. “Elements are being introduced by Pakistan to divert attention from this huge diplomatic setback,” Kumar said.

Asked whether India offered something to China for Azhar’s listing, he asserted that India doesn’t negotiate on matters related to national security. “Our objective was to ensure designation of Masood Azhar as global terrorist,” he said.

France, the UK and the US had moved a fresh proposal to declare Azhar as global terrorist by the UN in the wake of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The JeM had claimed responsibility for the it.

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