China again blocked a US proposal to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist. The official sources said last month the US had moved the UN to ban Azhar but Beijing blocked the proposal.
Azhar was accused plotting Pathankot airbase attack and India blamed him for masterminding Uri attack, an Indian airbase which left 19 soldiers dead.
Last year, the US and the other members of the UN Security Council wanted to take action against Azhar by including him in the 1267 Sanctions Committee list. On January 19, the Obama administration proposed the move and the UK and France backed this but China put a “technical hold” on it. Later, it officially blocked the move.
External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said, “We have been informed of this development and the matter has been taken up by the Chinese government.”
India repeatedly took up the issue with China but China has refused to change its position. India last month accused China of pursuing double standards on terror and it asserted that 14 out of the 15 UNSC members were in support of a ban on Azhar.
A source said the Chinese action came just before the expiry of the 10-day deadline for a proposal to be adopted, blocked or put on hold.
Last year after the Pathankot attack, India in February wrote to the UN to take an immediate action to list Azhar under the al-Qaida Sanctions Committee. But China strongly opposed the move.
Vikas Swarup said because of the decision of China, the UNSC again couldn’t take any action against Masood.
Mr. Swarup said, “We had expected China would have been more understanding of the danger posed to all by terrorism and would join India and others in fighting the common challenge of terrorism.”
Beijing expressing its displeasure with Pakistan!
But China is now losing its patience on constantly bailing out Azhar at the UN by using its veto power. According to a source, China has been urging Pakistan to find a solution to this issue. Pakistani media also reported on this.
Urdu daily Dunya on Monday reported, “As a superpower, China cannot relegate itself at the UN to focus on this single issue of blocking the proposal every time. Pakistan must find some answers to the problem to satisfy world community.”