Masood azhar designated as global terrorist by un after China lifts hold

In a major diplomatic victory for India, Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar was on May 1 listed as a "designated" global terrorist by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee. JeM had claimed responsibility for the deadly Pulwama terror attack that had martyred 40 of India's security personnel.

The listing comes after China lifted its technical hold, placed on March 13, on the move sponsored by the United States, United Kingdom and France. It was the fourth time that China had blocked Azhar's listing as a global terrorist. India had, at that time, called the move "disappointing" and stated that it will "continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorists involved in attacks on Indian citizens are brought to justice".

A UNSC designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo.The US, the UK and France had, this time around, stepped up pressure on Beijing by taking the issue directly to the UNSC. To read more: Click here

The City Hilights, 02, May, 2019