New Delhi, May 1 : On a day Pakistan suffered a severe diplomatic jolt and as it stood isolated from the global community after China withdrew its objections for designating Masood Azhar a global terrorist, the government of India on Wednesday said that now Islamabad is trying to "salvage" something and also divert the entire narrative on the issue of sponsorship to terror. "The objective has been the designation of Masood Azhar as a terrorist and that objective has been achieved," a key government source said. Pakistan, the source said, is "mischievously attempting to salvage something out of this huge diplomatic setback for them by diverting the narrative".
"The process of listing started in 2009. Since then, several efforts have been made to list Masood Azhar. This was much before Pulwama terror attack took place," the source said. "Pulwama happened to be the latest act of terror but the designation was not based on a specific incident but on the basis of evidence shared with members of the 1267 Sanctions Committee linking Masood Azhar to terrorism," the source said.
The Indian government has made it clear that "it is not supposed to be a bio-data of a terrorist that all acts of terror committed by him would be listed in the notification".
"However, all acts of terrorism, including Pulwama, were relevant to the lifting. Masood
Azhar Alvi was listed for participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related material to”, “recruiting for”, “otherwise supporting acts or activities of”, and “other acts or activities indicating association with” Jaish-i-Mohammed. This broadly covers all terror activities he has been involved in," the source pointed out. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the UNSC decision and said while it came as a belated move, "it marks a good beginning". "Today the voice of 130 crore people of India matters. It is being heard. This is the New India," he asserted. (UNI)