Ahead of UN decision, Pak reconciles to terror tag for Masood Azhar
Government sources in Islamabad said Pakistan did not object to the terror tag for Masood Azhar any longer.Updated: May 01, 2019 18:46 IST
Hours before a formal decision on blacklisting Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist is taken at UN, Pakistan government appears to have reconciled to the development. Government sources in Islamabad said Pakistan did not object to the terror tag for Masood Azhar any longer.
The fresh message comes a day after China hinted at a shift in its stance on blacklisting Masood Azhar who leads the Jaish-e-Mohammed which had claimed responsibility for the February suicide bombing in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF soldiers.
India had retaliated with the Balakot air strikes that targeted a massive Jaish training camp and has followed it up with a spike in lobbying for a global ban on the Jaish chief.
China had vetoed the last effort to blacklist Masood Azhar in March. It was the fourth occasion that Beijing had blocked a similar attempt. But the diplomatic pressure that followed from the US, UK and France after Pulwama attacks had persuaded China to tone down its opposition.