UNSC fallout: France to freeze Jaish chief Masood Azhar's French assets

UNSC fallout: France to freeze Jaish chief Masood Azhar's French assets

Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack in Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops and which was condemned by the Security Council.

Under attack from the Congress for its failure to yet again designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the government fielded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for its defence who alleged that the original mistake, not only on Kashmir but also on China, was committed by Jawaharlal Nehru.

The comment piece advised New Delhi to resort to quiet diplomacy instead of extensively directing aggressive rhetoric to pressurize Beijing, the Azhar issue could have been better addressed.

On Monday, India and the U.S. called on Pakistan to take "concerted action" to dismantle terror infrastructure and deny safe haven to all terror groups, reflecting the growing pressure on Islamabad to crack down on terror after the Pulwama suicide bombing.

She asserted that India had secured "unprecedented support" from the global community for listing the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief under the UN Sanctions Committee.

But all this leaves the Modi government in a position where it has to answer questions on its diplomatic failure as far as China is concerned.

While Pakistani PM Imran Khan has won accolades for facilitating de-escalation of tension with India by unconditionally freeing the captured Indian fighter pilot and by acting against terror outfits, the Indian foreign minister has questioned Khan's propriety by asking if he would be willing to hand over the terror mastermind Masood Azhar to India.

The attack for which the JeM claimed responsibility triggered huge anger in India and prompted a risky aerial confrontation with Pakistan after New Delhi carried out airstrikes on what it said was a militant base of the group inside Pakistan.

The decision by the French authorities came days after China put on hold their joint request along with Britain and the United States to add Azhar to the United Nations terror. "JeM is a UN-designated terrorist group", State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters. His tweet came soon after China blocked India's bid to get Azhar listed as an worldwide terrorist in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), making it the fourth time it did so.

"It's very easy to understand why China blocked resolution against Masood Azhar in UNSC? China conducts mining on Arunachal border and attempts to build tunnels", they said.

"I urge Beijing to allow the United Nations to place sanctions on Azhar, the leader of a UN-recognized terrorist organization", Sherman said. The MEA has expressed its disappointment, and political mudslinging ensued soon when Congress president Rahul Gandhi said PM Modi is scared of Xi Jinping and BJP responded by saying that Congress is happy with the outcome. This, for the reason that China has a Veto power, while India is still not a full-fledged member of this Council.

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