New Delhi, India (CNN)The man who India claims planned the Kashmir bomb attack that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war has been designated a terrorist by the United Nations Security Council after China dropped its objections.
Modi claims political win after UN lists Masood Azhar as a terrorist
India welcomed Wednesday's move against Masood Azhar, head of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). The Indian government holds the group responsible for the February suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 paramilitary soldiers.
The addition of Azhar to the sanctions list came after China dropped its long-held objections to the move. Beijing put a "technical" hold on a UN resolution in March -- the fourth time it had scuttled India's attempt to sanction the man it holds responsible for multiple terror attacks in India.
Azhar, who lives in Pakistan according to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, will be subjected to a travel ban and arms embargo and his assets will be frozen.
The Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry welcomed the decision, which came after weeks of diplomatic arm-twisting involving France, the US and the UK.
"The 1267 Sanctions Committee's decision to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Masood Azhar, as a UN proscribed terrorist is a step in the right direction to demonstrate the international community's resolve to fight against terrorism and its enablers," said a statement by the Indian government.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the listing a "victory for American diplomacy and the international community against terrorism."
Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which translates to the Army of the Prophet Mohammed, has been considered a terrorist organization by the US State Department since 2001. It seeks to unite the Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir with Pakistan.
Azhar was sanctioned for his association with terror organizations such as Al-Qaeda and for "participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities" associated with JeM, the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee said in a statement.
Azhar's alleged association with the bombing in February, an attack on the Indian parliament in 2001 and other incidents in the Kashmir valley have not been listed in the statement.