Giving a massive push forward to India's battle against terrorism, Masood Azhar was shoved in the United Nations Sanctions sanctions list as a global terrorist after China withdrew its hold.
Consolidating the news, India's permanent UN member Syed Akbaruddin in an exclusive interview to Republic TV shared that the efforts were initiated a decade ago, moreover stated how in the last few years the country was more 'persistent and active'
He said, "I can confirm to you just a short while ago the UN sanctions committee has put Masood Azhar on the UN sanctions list so he now stands designated as an individual who is promoting terror globally.:
"Let me give context. We initiated this effort more than 10 years ago, in 2009. In the last few years we've been much more persistent, active, and have pushed this, so this is a culmination of efforts that have been on for a long time and have been pushed through in the last few years," he added.
Akbaruddin reiterated that the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief is now designated as a global terrorist.
He said, "All I'd like to say is yes there is confirmation from the committee and its chair Indonesia that Masood Azhar stands designated as a terrorist individual."
When asked for his one clear message to Pakistan, Syed Akbaruddin said:
"One clear message to everybody is there should be zero tolerance to terrorism."
After China's withdrawal, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is now blacklisted as a global terrorist.
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.
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.