Former Home Minister of India P Chidambaram has broken his silence on India's massive win at the United Nations which has declared Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday morning, Chidambaram has followed his party's lead by criticising the Modi government and the BJP in general over Masood Azhar and terrorism while simultaneously extolling the UPA's erstwhile efforts.
Chidambaram harkened back to how Masood Azhar had been released by India under the Prime Ministership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in exchange for the safe return of the passengers of hijacked Indian Airlines flight IC-814.
He adds that the process to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist had started under the UPA - something India's envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin had also said while speaking to Republic TV on Wednesday though Akbaruddin had also made clear that a push in recent years was responsible for the eventual listing:
Finally, Chidambaram concedes that he is happy that the designation has happened, but adds a question about why Pak PM Imran Khan made a statement backing another term for Narendra Modi as Prime Minister.
The Congress party had earlier put out a detailed note on the UPA's 'successes' on the national security front while hitting out at the Modi government despite the Masood Azhar listing success.
The Modi government, on the other hand, has been clear that it is because of its diplomatic efforts that the listing has happened. The Congress and especially Rahul Gandhi had repeatedly made jibes about PM Modi's meetings with China's President Xi in the context of China continuously vetoing India's efforts. Now, however, even China has buckled under pressure and the statements from UNSC nations like the US, UK and France confirm the global community's support for India's efforts.