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New Delhi Correspondent
China, Pakistan’s all-weather friend, late on Wednesday blocked UN Security Council’s resolution to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
“The ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee (1267 Sanctions Committee of the UNSC), upon completion of the no-objection period on March 13, 2019, was not able to come to a decision on the proposal for listing Mohammed Masood Azhar Alvi under the UN Sanctions regime on account of a member placing the proposal on hold,” the Indian External Affairs Ministry said in a statement without naming China.
India, which had mounted a diplomatic offensive after Pakistan-basedd Jaish claimed responsibility for the deadly terror attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitary personnel in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir state on February 14, said it was “disappointed” by China’s veto the UNSC move to describe Azhar as a global terrorist.
“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” in spite of “the unprecedented number of all other Security Council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors” of the UNSC resolution to call Azhar as a global terrorist, the External Affairs Ministry statement said.
India, it added, will, however, “continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice.”
This was the fourth time China, at the behest of Pakistan, thwarted attempts by the UNSC to designate the Jaish founder as a global terrorist, the three previous attempts being in 2009, 2016 and 2017.
As China again blocked the UN resolution to designate Azhar a global terrorist, main opposition party Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at Prime Minster Narendra Modi, saying he was “weak and scared” of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Rahul also questioned what was the use of Modi “swinging” with Xi,” a reference to the two leaders sharing a swing in Ahmedabad, during the Chinese leader’s visit to India a few years ago.
“Weak Modi is scared of Xi. Not a word comes out of his mouth when China acts against India,” Rahul said on Twitter.
“With China having blocked our bid to designate Masood Azhar a global terrorist, the question on every Indian’s mind is, what was the use of all the swinging with Modi and President Xi,” the Congress said on its official Twitter handle.
“A terrorist responsible for such bloody murders is let off the hook again by the BJP,” it claimed.
Congress’ chief spokeserson Randeep Surjewala said it was a sad day in the global fight against terrorism.
“China blocking Masood Azhar’s designation as global terrorist reaffirms Chinese position of being an inseparable ally of terrorism’s breeding ground-Pakistan,” he tweeted Wednesday.”Sadly, Modiji’s foreign policy has been a series of diplomatic disasters,” the party spokesperson added.