New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday took to Twitter to clear the air on how the proposal to enlist Masood Azhar as a global terrorist in the UN Security Council has played out over the years and how, despite failing to get a favourable result, it wasn’t exactly a diplomatic failure for the country either.
In a series of tweets, the Minister explained the timeline of the events that led to China blocking India’s bid to designate the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief as a global terrorist.
Swaraj began by explaining the intent behind her tweets. “I wish to apprise you of the facts regarding the listing of Masood Azhar under the United Nations Sanctions Committee. The proposal has been mooted four times,” she said.
Then she added how, in 2009, India under the UPA Government was the lone proposer. In 2016, India’s bid was co-sponsored by the USA, France and UK whereas in 2017, these three countries had moved the proposal.
“In 2019, the proposal was moved by USA, France and UK and supported by 14 of the 15 UN Security Council Members and also co-sponsored by Australia, Bangladesh, Italy and Japan _ non-members of the Security Council,” she tweeted.
“Thus, we have secured an unprecedented support from the international community for the listing of Masood Azhar under the UN Sanctions Committee.”
Pointing a finger at the Opposition for berating the Centre for its failure in seeing its efforts at the UN through, she said, “I have shared these facts with you so that leaders who describe this as our diplomatic failure may see for themselves that in 2009, India was alone. In 2019, India has the worldwide support.”
The Congress has been attacking the Narendra Modi Government since China blocked India’s fourth attempt at getting Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist. Congress President Rahul Gandhi had tweeted just a day ago: “Weak Modi is scared of Xi. Not a word comes out of his mouth when China acts against India.”
Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and India renewed its bid to have him designated a global terrorist ever since his JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack of February 14 which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel and left many injured.