PM Modi gets election boost with UN sanction against India's 'enemy No. 1'

Political strategists said the Masood Azhar issue could further help the BJP to deflect opposition criticism focused on a shortage of jobs and weak farm prices.

Masood Azhar
The BJP, political analysts and even the main opposition Congress party acknowledged that getting Azhar on the list, which places a travel ban and an asset freeze on him, was a big victory for India and its diplomacy.

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid received a big fillip on Wednesday after a UN Security Council committee blacklisted Masood Azhar, the head of a Pakistan-based militant group, a decade after New Delhi first demanded such an action. Azhar’s Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in Indian-administered Kashmir in February that killed 40 Indian paramilitary police. JeM was also blamed for a high-profile attack on India’s parliament in 2001, and local media often calls Azhar the country’s “enemy No. ...