New Delhi: Reacting directly for the first time after China vetoed the UN Security Council proposal to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said the proposal had been supported by a whopping 14 out of the 15 UNSC members and that the situation now was in complete contrast to 2009 when, under the UPA government, India was “alone”.
Ms Swaraj pointed out that the proposal was first moved in 2009 by India—then under the UPA government—as a “lone proposer”, adding that in 2019—under the current government—India now has “world wide support”.
Ms Swaraj’s statement is being seen as a jibe at Opposition in India ahead of LS polls. National security and a tough posture on terrorism are among the prominent poll planks of the NDA government.
Despite India’s efforts to convince it, China has been steadfast in blocking the proposal at the UNSC in an action seen as support for Pakistan....