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Jaish chief Masood Azhar designated as global terrorist


New Delhi, Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar was on Wednesday designated as a global terrorist. "Big,small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in UN Sanctions list. Grateful to all for their support," India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin tweeted. The move is seen as a major diplomatic victory for India, which has been pressing for the world body to declare Jaish chief as a global terrorist especially after the organisation claimed responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama terror attack. The suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a CRPF convoy killing 40 central police force personnel. In March, the move by countries like France, the US and the UK to ban Azhar was blocked once again by China, a key member of Permanent Five (P-5) in the UN Security Council. In March after India had intensified the campaign to list Azhar as global terrorist, China had put a technical hold. Barely 12 hours ago China indicated about withdrawing its objection, it looked the ban on Azhar was imminent. "I can only say that I believe that this will be properly resolved," Geng Shuang, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said in Beijing.

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