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MASSIVE Diplomatic Win For India: Pak's Masood Azhar Designated Global Terrorist In United Nations Sanctions List

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The proposal was moved by United States, Britain and France, but was put on a 'technical hold' by China

In a gigantic diplomatic victory for India and a plunge in a fight against terrorism, China has now lifted its hold, thus designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist under the  Sanctions Committee of the UN Nations Security Council. 

Subsequent to China's accordance, the Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that chief of the Pakistan-based terror outfit chief Masood Azhar is now blacklisted as a global terrorist. 

The proposal was moved by United States, Britain and France, but was put on a 'technical hold' only by China in the 15-member UN Security Council committee earlier. 

The founder of the terror outfit perpetrated the Pulwama terror attack that martyred 40 CRPF Jawans, following which India received massive global support, of countries like Russia, United States, United Kingdom, Israel, France and more. 

Following the ban, now Azhar would be facing a travel ban and will have his assests frozen. 

Imran Khan's Foreign Minister had admitted back in February that the Pakistan leadership was in touch with Jaish-e-Mohammed, and that Masood Azhar was known to be in Pakistan and 'very ill'.

Here is what it means to be designated as global terrorist under the UNSC:

  • The UNSC designation of a global terrorist will mean that Azhar will be affected in mainly three ways: his assets would be freezed, there will be a travel ban on him and there will be an arms embargo on him.
  • The freezing of assets under that the Sanction Committee means that all states including Pakistan will have to freeze his funds and other financial assets or economic resources without delay.
  • The travel ban also entails the prevention of entry into or transit by all countries through their regions by designated individuals.
  • Under the arms embargo, the countries will have to prevent direct ot indirect supply, sale and transfer of arms from their territories or by their nationals outside including technical advice, assistance, or training related to military activities from their territories or by their nationals

China said on Tuesday that the vexed issue of designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN will be "properly resolved" but it did not give any timeline, days after Chinese President Xi Jinping met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan here.

China put a technical hold in March on a fresh proposal to impose a ban on the head of Pakistan-based JeM, it was for the fourth time that China blocked Azhar's listing as a global terrorist by the UN.

"I can only say that I believe that this will be properly resolved," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here.

Following is the chronology of the major events leading to his designation:

2009

India moves a proposal by itself to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, a listing that will subject him to global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo. China blocks the move.

2016 

India again moves the proposal with the backing of the P3 - the United States, the United Kingdom and France in the UN's 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar.

2017

The P3 nations move a similar proposal again. China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, blocks the proposal from being adopted.

February 27, 2019

The US, the UK and France move a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate Azhar as a global terrorist.

March 13, 2019

China puts the hold on the proposal scuttling yet another attempt to blacklist the JeM chief. The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

March 28, 2019

The US, supported by France and the UK, directly moves a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror group's chief.

April 3, 2019

China hits out at the US for threatening to use "all available resources" to designate the Pakistan-based JeM chief as a 'global terrorist', saying Washington's move is complicating the issue and not conducive to peace and stability in South Asia.

April 30, 2019

China says "some progress" has been achieved on designating Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN and hopes that the vexed issue will be "properly resolved".

May 1, 2019

The 1267 Sanctions Committee designates Azhar as a global terrorist after China lifts the hold on the proposal of the US, the UK and France.

(With PTI inputs) 

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