India intensifies efforts to isolate Pakistan globally

New Delhi, Feb 16 : After Kashmir’s Pulwama terror attack by pakistan- based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, the government has intensified diplomatic steps to ensure Pakistan’s complete isolation internationally and for that country’s oreign secretary Vijay Gokhale met envoys of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (P5) — US, China, Russia, the UK and France — as well as key countries in Europe and Asia.
US, the UK, Russia and France have asserted that they stand with India in combating the menace of terrorism, China broke its silence nearly a day later and still kept its stand on Masood Azhar unchanged.China, a veto-wielding member of the UNSC and a close ally of Pakistan, has repeatedly foiled India’s bid to list Azhar as a global terrorist, saying there is no consensus in the top organ of the world body on this issue.

Gokhale has briefed envoys of key countries on Friday on Pakistan’s involvement in supporting terrorism.Hours earlier, he had summoned Pakistan’s high commissioner to demand that Islamabad take “verifiable’ action against terror groups.

The meeting is part of the government’s diplomatic outreach to work towards, what has been described by the government as “complete isolation” of Pakistan.

India on Friday withdrew the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) status to Pakistan which was never reciprocated in the wake of the ghastly terrorist attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir that left nearly 40 CRPF personnel dead. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack.

Speaking to journalists on Friday after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said all efforts will be made to ensure that perpetrators of the heinous attack are brought to book.

India has appealed to all members of the international community to “support the proposal to list terrorists, including JeM chief Masood Azhar, as a designated terrorist under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council and to ban terrorist organisations operating from territories controlled by Pakistan”, a clear reference to China which has been blocking all efforts to listing Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council.

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