Maulana Masood Azhar – the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief may finally be declared a global terrorist which may come as another diplomatic victory for the Modi Government. Delhi is luring China with an attractive offer in return for supporting the Indian bid to name Masood Azhar as an international terrorist.
India is now working on a barter deal with China after its appeal on moral and ethical grounds were rejected by Beijing. India is hopeful that China will have no objection to a fresh proposal to designate Masood Azhar, the head of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), a global terrorist by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The move has been initiated by France and is backed by the US and UK.
The proposal was moved jointly by the three permanent members of the Security Council. China, after having blocked such a measure for almost a decade, could change its stance by abstaining on a vote, according to sources.
The Security Council Sanctions Committee will have 10 working days to consider the new proposal, the people said. If the proposal is passed, the tag of a UN-designated global terrorist will subject Masood Azhar to a global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.
For supporting the Indian bid, India is likely to back China for the vice-presidency of FATF. Since a vice-chairman automatically becomes the FATF head the next year, this was a bargain that China has been contemplating very seriously.
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