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New Delhi, News24 Bureau, May 1: Pakistan can at best be called a big opportunist as it is ready now to get rid of JeM chief Masood Azhar. It was once the saviour of this merciless killer who has designed many terror attacks against India.

It is also interesting to know that Masood Azhar and Osama bin Laden had a terror link. After the 9/11 attacks, Pakistan shielded Osama bin Laden and deployed Masood Azhar as his bodyguard.

The breakthrough comes after Pakistan, China dropped their objections to the latest proposal by the US, UK and France to designate Masood as a terrorist.

A decision on whether Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar will be listed as a global terrorist by the United Nations will be known today as the world body’s Sanctions Committee holds a crucial meeting, amid indications that China could lift its hold on the proposal to blacklist Azhar.
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The Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee is expected to meet here and the issue of Azhar’s listing is likely to be considered. Sources said that the outcome of the meeting – whether UNSC permanent member China decides to lift its hold on the proposal to blacklist Azhar, paving the way for the UN to slap sanctions against him – will be known Wednesday.

Beijing said on Tuesday that the vexed issue of designating Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN will be “properly resolved.

China had put a hold in March on a fresh proposal by the US, UK and France to impose a ban on the chief of the JeM which claimed responsibility for the deadly Pulwama terror attack. The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

In 2009, India had moved a proposal by itself to designate Azhar.

In 2016 again India moved the proposal with the P3 – the United States, the United Kingdom and France in the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of the attack on the airbase in Pathankot in January 2016.

In 2017, the P3 nations moved a similar proposal again.

However, on all occasions, China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, blocked India’s proposal from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee.  

With Agencies

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