India succeeded in establishing strong links between Azhar and IS, al-Qaeda

Vastavam web: Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale said here Friday that India succeeded in establishing strong links between Jaish-e- Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and al-Quaeda and Islamic State, leading to his designation as a “international terrorist”.

Bambawale was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a lecture at Pune International Center here. “The listing and designation of Masood Azhar as an international terrorist by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is a big diplomatic win for India. “It is also a big victory for other countries like France, United States,United Kingdom who helped us,” he said.

“It showed a strong linkage between Azhar and IS and Azhar with al Qaeda,” he said. There is no need to give evidence that a particular terrorist has done something in Kashmir or against India when seeking to designate him as an international terrorist, he said. Asked how Pakistan is expected to react to the development, he said Pakistan could be very disappointed that China did not back it and allowed the listing to happen.

“But the more important (thing) is the international community should get Pakistan to apply all the rules and regulations on Azhar,” he said.