India has reacted sharply to China scuttling its attempt to get JeM chief Masood Azhar designated as terrorist by the UN, but China stood its ground.
Expressing its strong “disappointment” over the development, India said it finds it “incomprehensible” that while the Pakistan-based JeM was listed in UN Security Council Committee 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”.
In a strongly-worded statement, India slammed China’s virtual veto of its attempt to blacklist Pathankot terror strike mastermind Azhar, saying “this does not reflect well on the determination that the international community needs to display to decisively defeat the menace of terrorism”.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the UN sanctions committee was taking a “selective approach” in tackling terrorism, adding that “Its working methods, based on the principles of unanimity and anonymity, is leading the Committee to adopt a selective approach to combating terrorism.”
However, China defended its action, maintaining JeM chief does not qualify to be nailed as a “terrorist” to face UN sanctions as his case “did not meet” the Security Council’s requirements.
“Any listing would have to meet the requirements” for blacklisting, Chinese Permanent Representative to the UN Liu Jieyi told reporters yesterday in response to questions over China’s decision to place a ‘technical hold’ on designating Azhar in the UN Sanctions Committee.
After the attack on the IAF base at Pathankot on January 2, India in February wrote to the UN calling for immediate action to list Azhar under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee.
The India submission was considered by the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) for technical aspects of the evidence provided. The technical team then with the support of the US, UK and France had sent it to all the members. However, hours before the deadline, China requested the Committee to hold up the banning of the JeM chief.