In the middle of tensions over the Pulwama terror blast on February 14 which eliminated 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers, India’s constant efforts to bring the ‘main accused’ of the attack, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar to justice is now getting some good support globally.
The three permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) namely the US, UK and France have now moved a ‘new proposal’ to officially declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. If this proposal is passed, then it will be a massive victory to India’s constant efforts.
Getting Azhar classified as a ‘global terrorist’ will successfully lead to a crackdown on his activities, which will also subject him to a global travel ban followed by the freezing of all his assets, as well as, arms embargo.
While the global community joined the bandwagon in supporting India in case of JeM and Masood Azhar, Pakistan was backed by its only ally in the region – China which also has a ‘veto power’ in the UNSC. Beijing has repeatedly hit back at several attempts made by India and other countries to get Azhar approved by the UNSC.
Even after the Pulwama terror blast, China refused to acknowledge the role of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). The UNSC had last week condemned the Pulwama terror attack in “sharp terms” and named the Pakistan-based terror group.
However, China quickly defended JeM claiming that it was named only in “general terms” and without doubt, it does not represent a judgment. Considering the recent titanic tussle between India and Pakistan, China stepped forward only to exercise utmost restraint and called for peace.