On Tuesday, the United States informed that Masood Azhar has met the criteria to be designated as a ‘global terrorist’ and not doing so will be against peace and regional stability. Ahead of the important meeting at UN Security Council on JeM Chief Masood Azhar, US gave him the recognition.
Mr. Azhar heads the JeM or Jaish-e-Mohammed, which had performed many terror strikes in India and was involved in attacks on the Parliament, Jammu’s Army Camps, the Pathankot Air Force base, and Uri. The Pakistan-based terror outfits had also be claimed responsibly for the recent deadly terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, in which around 40 CRPF jawans have lost their lives and many were injured.
The United States, United Kingdom, and France are the three permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), have finally decided to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. However, several attempts made by these three permanent countries of UNSC to recognized him and a global terrorist were blocked by China, the all-weather supporter of Pakistan.
China is one of the 5 veto-powered members of the UNSC, so far has been rejected proposals to ban Masood Azhar, claims lack of evidence to designate him as a global terrorist.
Amid mounting global anger in the wake of Pulwama terror attack, which led to a flare-up in increasing tensions between Pakistan and India, three permanent countries of UNSC (US, UK, and France) hoped that China would wisely act this time and would not oppose their move against Masood Azhar.
On the evening of an important decision by UNSC, President Trump’s Administration made it very clear that there is enough evidence against him to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino told sources that “Azhar is the founder and the leader of the JeM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations.”
Palladino said that JeM has been responsible for several terrorist attacks and is also a threat to regional peace and stability.
India and the United States have worked together closely on counterterrorism efforts and that includes at the UN, added Palladion that their views on JeM and its founder are well-known. However, he withholds from making any comment directly on the deliberations inside the United Nations over the issue.
Palladino further said, “The United Nations Sanctions Committee, their deliberations, are confidential, and as such we don’t comment on specific matters, but we’ll continue to work with the Sanctions Committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate.”
While replying to a question on previous successful attempts taken by China to reject the UN designation of Azhar, Palladino said that “the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal.”