India Slams China’s Move to Block Ban on JeM’s Masood Azhar in UN

MEA criticised Security Council for adopting selective approach to deal with terrorism.

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File photo of Pakistani cleric and Jaish-e-Mohammad Maulana, Masood Azhar (left). (Photo: Reuters)

India has said it is disappointed that a “technical hold” has been put on its application to include Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar in the UN sanctions list, terming the move “incomprehensible”.

We are disappointed that a technical hold has been put on India’s application to designate terror leader Mohamad Masood Azhar in the UN Security Council Committee established under UNSCR 1267/1989/2253.
Statement released by MEA

India’s Bid to Ban Masood Blocked by China

Earlier, India had filed an application at United Nation Security Council (UNSC) to impose a ban on Masood Azhar who is allegedly the mastermind of Pathankot terror attack. The application was, however, vetoed by China hours before the deadline on Thursday.

Out of 15 current members of UN Security Council, 14 members including USA, France, United Kingdom, Russia and New Zealand were on board while China being the fifth permanent member vetoed it.

The Indian application to UN fell even after an overwhelming support of 14 is to 1. China gave no reason to veto the attempt by India to impose the ban. There was just a terse written message, “We want to place a hold.”

An earlier attempt to designate Masood that was made by India in 2008 after Mumbai attacks was also blocked by China.

JeM Banned Since 2001

Terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed, of which Masood Azhar is the leader was designated way back in 2001 by UN Security Council.

We find it incomprehensible that while the Pakistan-based JeM was listed in UN Security Council Committee established under UNSCR 1267/1989/2253 as far back as 2001 for its well-known terror activities and links to the Al Qaeda, the designation of the group’s main leader, financier and motivator has been put on a technical hold.
Statement released by MEA

MEA Criticises Security Council of Adopting Selective Approach

In the statement, MEA said that given the global networking of terror groups, not imposing Masood will have serious implications across the international community.

It needs no emphasis that the UNSCR 1267 regime is an important building block of the UN global counter-terrorism strategy that should aim to protect all member states and their citizens from the activities of terror groups such as JeM and its leader Mohamad Masood Azhar. Its working methods, based on the principles of unanimity and anonymity, is leading the Committee to adopt a selective approach to combating terrorism.
Statement released by MEA

MEA added that such steps do not reflect well on the determination that the international community needs to display to decisively defeat the menace of terrorism.

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