New Delhi: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) could designate Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist on Wednesday. However, China could play the trump card in the process. Notably, the country has three times blocked such moves by India and other members of the UNSC. The decision by 1267-member UNHC committee is likely at 3 PM (New York time).

The proposal to designate Masood Azhar a ‘global terrorist’ was moved by the US, the UK and France. The move has been backed by Russia. The proposal was moved after India launched airstrikes against a ‘terror camp’ run by the JeM in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunwa province on February 26. The next day, Pakistan also dropped bombs inside Indian territory in Kashmir.

India urged the UNSC to list him under the UN Terror list following the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans after an explosive-laden vehicle rammed into a bus in their convoy.

Till now, China has not come out strongly against Pakistan and said security issues constituted an ‘important topic’ in its talks to ease tensions between Pakistan and India following the Pulwama attack.

Meanwhile, as per reports, India has, for the first time, shared with members of the UNSC recent audio recordings by Masood Azhar to show that he has been active in instigating violence and terror in Kashmir.

On Tuesday, while speaking during the 40th Session of UNHRC, First Secretary of Permanent Mission of India to the UN Mini Kumam said that Pakistan military or its political leadership used UN proscribed terror organisation JeM as an instrument of state policy was something that was already in public domain. “Pakistan wrecked UN resolutions by violating its obligations to vacate territories under its control,” she said.

What Would UNSC Listing Masood Azhar as a Global Terrorist Mean?

UNSC designating Azhar a ‘global terrorist’ will lead to freezing of his assets and his inclusion in the global no-flight list. It will also strengthen New Delhi’s case that Pakistan has been an epicentre of terrorism.