China has shown its real colours again. The country has for the fourth time blocked (put a technical hold) a proposal at the United Nations to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. Standing solidly behind its ‘Iron Brother’ Pakistan, China ignored international efforts to clamp down on cross-border terrorism.
China, a permanent veto-wielding member of the UNSC and Pakistan’s “all-weather” ally, blocked previous attempts in 2009, 2016 and 2017.
It comes as a setback to India’s bid to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
A diplomat at the UN told PTI that China put a “technical hold”.
China on Wednesday (March 13) put a technical hold on a proposal in the UN Security Council to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack.
The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to tensions between India and Pakistan.
India Expresses Extreme Disappointment
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday said India was disappointed by China blocking the bid at the United Nations to list Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
The MEA, in a statement said, “We are disappointed by this outcome. This has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019.”
The statement further said, “We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice.”
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Here’s China’s stand
An inkling of China’s stand on the issue came during Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang’s press conferences on Monday (March 11) and Wednesday (March 13) in Beijing when he was asked about the proposal to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UNSC.
“The UN Security Council and its subsidiary bodies are run on strict rules. We already stressed China’s position on the listing of terrorist organisations and individuals in the UN Security Council 1267 Committee on many occasions,” Lu said on Monday.
“China will continue to adopt responsible attitude and participate in the deliberations in the UNSC 1267 Committee,” Lu said on Wednesday.
On the issue of listing Azhar, he said, “I want to say that China always adopts a responsible attitude, engage in consultations with various parties and properly deal with this issue.”
“The discussions, I want to say must follow the rules and procedures of the relevant bodies and only the solution that is acceptable to all sides is conducive for resolving the issue,” he said, indicating that Beijing may again block the move to list Azhar as a global terrorist.
China’s stand has provided the Congress with ammunition against the government.
Today (14 March 2019), Congress chief Rahul Gandhi hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, labelling him as “weak”. His party said PM Modi’s foreign policy has been a series of “diplomatic disasters”.
Weak Modi is scared of Xi. Not a word comes out of his mouth when China acts against India.
NoMo’s China Diplomacy:
1. Swing with Xi in Gujarat
2. Hug Xi in Delhi
3. Bow to Xi in China https://t.co/7QBjY4e0z3
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 14, 2019
The Jaish-e Mohammad, headed by Masood Azhar, has carried out many terror attacks in India; it was involved in the attack on Parliament, the Pathankot air force base and army camps in Jammu and Uri.
Jaish had also claimed responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama suicide attack, which left 44 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Forces dead. Days later, India carried out airstrikes at a Jaish camp in Balakot in Pakistan, which was followed by an aerial dogfight with the Pakistan Air Force, which had targeted Indian military installations.
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