Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the UN decision to declare Masood Azhar a global terrorist is a big success for India’s efforts to root out terrorism and proved that the country’s voice can no longer be ignored on the global stage.
“It is a matter of satisfaction that a consensus has developed in the world on designating Masood Azhar a global terrorist. Der aaye, durust aaye (Better late than never),” Modi said at an election rally here. “It is a big success for India’s efforts to root out terrorism,” he said. The PM said India’s voice is being heard globally and its views can no longer be ignored. “This has been proved today.” He said under the previous “remote-controlled” government, even the voice of the prime minister was not heard, but now the voice of 130 crore Indians is making an impact at the United Nations.
“I want to say it loud and clear that this is just the beginning. Wait for what happens next,” Modi said. The prime minister said he was thankful to the world community for standing with India in its fight against terrorism. In a huge diplomatic win for India, the UN designated the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him.
The PM also referred to the surgical strike by India across the LoC and the IAF strike in Balakot inside Pakistan, and said with Azhar’s designation, the nation is witnessing India’s diplomatic victory.
The Correspondent Bureau with inputs from agencies