New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram likened the recent listing of terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar in the UNSC as a ‘global terrorist’ to- ‘Looking only at the last scene of a movie’.
Heat on the Pakistan-based terror group intensified after the deadly February 14 Pulwama terror attack in south Kashmir, wherein 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a suicide attack. New Delhi then stepped up their demands to brand Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, consequently leading to China lifting its sanctions and paving the way to Azhar’s sealed fate in the United Nations Security Council.
The BJP harped this move as a diplomatic win engineered by them under the helm of the Narendra Modi-led government.
Speaking over this at a press brief in the national capital, Chidambaram said, “We started the process in 2009 to name Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, 10 years later process is complete. Mr Modi is only talking about the last scene of the story, it’s like going to a movie & only looking at the last scene, what about the earlier scenes?”
He further quipped not one but two people were listed as global terrorists in the UNSC during the UPA regime- Hafiz Saeed (chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba) and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhavi (top handler of Lashkar-e-Taiba).
The UN Security Council on May 1 declared JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, a move that was being blocked by China for nearly 10 years. China had been blocking Azhar’s listing despite a strong push by the US, UK, and France. It had put a “technical hold” on the proposal four times, the latest being in March.
After the resolution was adopted by the Sanctions Committee, China said it ended its objection after India shared fresh evidence.
With inputs from agencies