Pulwama Removal Helped Masood’s Designation: MEA

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NEW DELHI — The Pulwama attack on February 14 last that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel played a role in designating Jaish-e-Mohamad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by the United Nations, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on May 2. It said that Pakistan was making claims over the listing to divert attention from the “huge diplomatic” setback it has suffered.

The assertion came after Pakistan claimed that it agreed to Azhar’s listing after all “political references”, including attempts to link him to the Pulwama attack, were removed from the proposal to designate him a global terrorist.

 “The designation is not based on the basis of a specific incident, but on the basis of evidence which we have shared with members of the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee, linking Azhar to several acts of terrorism,” MEA spokesperon Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.

He said the notification broadly covers all terrorist acts. “Elements are being introduced by Pakistan to divert attention from this huge diplomatic setback,” Kumar said.

Asked whether India offered something to China for Azhar’s listing, he asserted that India doesn’t negotiate on matters related to national security. “Our objective was to ensure designation of Masood Azhar as global terrorist,” he said.


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