New Delhi: The UN Security Council’s decision to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist is being seen as a major diplomatic win for the country by many but at the same time, there are some discordant notes already being heard.
The news, shared by India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, on Twitter, said, “Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in @UN Sanctions list. Grateful to all for their support.”
Soon, while ministers were lauding the PM for his effort, some other politicians were raising questions over the timing of UN’s decision. Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh wondered why Masood Azhar, Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed couldn’t be handed over to India and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav congratulated the Indian “diplomatic corp”.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “I congratulate the Indian diplomatic corp for the tireless work that has led to this significant victory- it is the first step in ensuring Masood Azhar pays for his crimes. We demand Pakistan immediately arrest him, freeze his assets and shut down all organisations linked to him.”
Former J&K chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah asked how the UN listing refers to most of Masood Azhar’s terror activities but not the latest one, the Pulwama terror attack. He also said, “The rest of the opposition must be wondering if it will ever catch a break. Every time the BJP campaign seems to be flagging it gets a shot in the arm. The #MasoodAzhar development in the UN today couldn’t have come at a better time for the Modi ji’s re-election campaign.”
Meanwhile, minister Arun Jaitley said, “India stands vindicated. Masood Azhar is now a global terrorist. India is in safe hands. This marks a high point for the Prime Minister’s foreign policy.”