In a major diplomatic win for India, the United Nations declared Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist.
UN did so after China lifted its technical hold on his listing under the UNSC 1267 sanctions committee.
The designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo.
The JeM has already been designated as a terror outfit by the United Nations.
Talking about the development at an election rally in Jaipur, PM Modi said, “UNSC has listed JeM’s MasoodAzhar as a Global Terrorist. In our fight against terrorism, it is a big victory.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing lifted its hold after it found no objection to the listing proposal by the US, the UK and France.
France, one of the sponsors of the proposal to list Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN, was the first country to welcome the move.
The development comes a month after China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, had put a hold on a fresh proposal by the US, UK and France to impose a ban on the chief of the JeM, which claimed responsibility for the deadly Pulwama terror attack where 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.
China had blocked Azhar’s listing in 2009, 2016 and 2017.
Interestingly, China had placed its technical hold despite Beijing signing off on a UNSC statement that “condemned in the strongest terms” the Pulwama terror attack
UN named Jaish-e-Mohammad for the “heinous and cowardly suicide bombing”.
Azhar masterminded several attacks on India, including the 2001 Parliament strike, one at Pathankot air force base, Army camps in Jammu and Uri, and the latest suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama.