Day after Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar blacklisted by UN Security Council, the opposition took swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government, saying centre taking advantage of it during national election. Hitting out at opposition Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday called it a "shameful and regrettable" comments. Jaitley also said Azhar’s ban is a "win for every Indian",
“Government & PM Modi should be applauded. When the country wins, every Indian wins. It is unfortunate that some friends in the opposition think that if they join in this victory they might have to pay a political price for it,” said Arun Jaitley.
Arun Jaitley on UN declaring #MasoodAzhar as global terrorist: Govt & PM should be applauded. When the country wins, every Indian wins. It is unfortunate that some friends in the opposition think that if they join in this victory they might have to pay a political price for it. pic.twitter.com/qpgVuBCU7F— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2019
Masood Azhar’s ban came during Lok Sabha elections after China lifted the technical hold saying it "found no objection after a careful study of revised materials". It had blocked moves to designated Azhar as global terrorists for four times.
Arun Jaitley said the change in the attitude of China "had certainly been impacted by the recent development, which includes both Pulwama and Balakot, especially since it was Masood Azhar's camp which was destroyed in Balakot."
"Everyone now knows how defective India's position was posted 26/11 ...one of the former service chiefs said he wanted to strike back but then Prime Minister had said no. Shahid Latif, a terrorist who was released as a goodwill gesture, later on, played a key role in the Pathankot terror attack," Jaitley said.
UN's decision to designate Masood Azhar means his travel ban, finances, assets will be frozen. Along with India, the US, Britain and France put pressure on Beijing to change it. This development came to a day after it was reported that Pakistan has decided to blacklist Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.