Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the UN after China lifted its objections. Masood Azhar, leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which carried out the ghastly suicide bombing attack in Pulwama, Kashmir in February killing 40 troops has been designated as a global terrorist by the UN after China lifted its hold to blacklist Masood Azhar.
The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday designated Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist after China lifted its hold on a proposal to declare him as a terrorist. The success has come almost a decade after India first approached the United Nations to declare him a global terrorist.
India started its effort to get Masood Azhar proscribed a global terrorist in the year 2009. Then followed it with requests in 2016, 2017 and early 2019 to be always blocked by China. Finally, the Indian Government was able to get support from all over the world and China had to give in.
Why India wanted Masood Azhar?
- Masood Azhar was involved in Pulwama attack on 14 February 2019, killing around 44 soldiers.
- He is also guilty of attack on Indian Parliament in 2001. In this attack, 9 security personnel were killed.
- In 2001, a suicide attack was carried out at the Srinagar Legislative Assembly Building. The responsibility of the attack was also taken by Jaish-e-Mohammed.
- Apart from this, in January 2016, Jaish’s terrorists attacked Pathankot airbase in Punjab, in which 7 soldiers were martyred.
- In the September 2016 Uri terrorist attack, sources held Jaish-e-Mohammad responsible for the act.
When was he arrested in India?
In 1994, Azhar entered Srinagar with a fake identity. Indian police arrested him in February from Anantnag and imprisoned him for his terror activities.
When was he released by India?
- Four years later, in December 1999, an Indian Airlines Flight 814 (IC814) en route from Kathmandu to New Delhi was hijacked and was taken to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
- The hijackers demanded the release of Masood Azhar along with three other members in exchange for the captives. Azhar had to be freed by the Indian government.
- His release from Kot Bhalwal jail was supervised by an IPS officer, S P Vaid. Masood Azhar was handed to the hijackers and they fled to Pakistani territory.
- Shortly after his release, Azhar made a public appearance in Karachi and said “I have come here because this is my duty to tell you that Muslims should not rest in peace until we have destroyed India”.
Reactions after UN designated Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that UN decision to declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist was a big success for India. “Today is a day that would make every Indian proud! I thank the global community and all those who believe in humanitarian values for their support. India’s fight against terror will continue. We will work towards peace and brotherhood in our planet,” he said.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also gave credit to PM Modi’s leadership for UN’s decision against Masood Azhar.
Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted, “India’s diplomacy succeeds in making the global community declare Masood Azhar a terrorist. The untiring effort of PMO India pays dividend. India is safe under PM Narendra Modi’s leadership. Great work, Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Most of the people are celebrating India’s win but still, there are some who are more interested in getting political mileage.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, “Like the UP cop who went ‘thain, thain’ because his gun stopped working; PM Modi delivers only cosmetic and no tangible actions in our fight against terror. JeM was already a designated group.
Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah tweeted, “No mention of terror in Kashmir and no mention of Pulwama. It’s amazing how quickly the sacrifices of the CRPF men were sold down the river to get a symbolic win.”