For fourth time China blocks UNSC from banning Masood Azhar
On Wednesday for the fourth time, China blocked a proposal in the UN Security Council to enlist Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist notwithstanding his outfit carrying out the ghastly Pulwama attack.
China has used the technical hold to block the proposal, which is being pushed by other permanent members of the UNSC, particularly the US, Britain and France.
India articulated displeasure over the development but swore to continue to pursue “all accessible avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in monstrous attacks on our citizens” are brought to justice.
As per a statement kissued by the External Affairs Ministry, the ISIL (D’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee (1267 Sanctions Committee), upon completion of the no-objection period on 13 March 2019, was unable to arrive 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,” said a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry.
The statement did not recognize the “member” of the UNSC which put the proposal on hold but sources said it was China. Sources reveal that more than ten countries supported as co-sponsors India’s bid to designate Azhar as a global terrorist in the United Nations Security Council 1267 list.
“Big, Small & Many… 1 big state holds up, again … 1 small signal @UN against terror. Grateful to the many states – big & small – who in unprecedented numbers, joined as co-sponsors of the effort.” tweeted Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative at the UN.
MEA statement further revealed that they 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 MEA statement said.
The MEA further added that they are grateful for the efforts of the Member States who moved the designation proposal and the unprecedented number of all other Security Council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors.
Report by: K.V.Raman.
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