Pakistan's Masood Azhar: China blocks bid to call militant terrorist

14 March, 2019, 08:14 | Author: Carlos George
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In 2009, India moved a proposal by itself to designate Azhar, whose JeM had taken responsibility for the suicide attack against Indian security forces in Pulwama on February 14 in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed.

Asked to clarify whether the issue has been listed for discussion for March 13 and China is in talks with all the parties concerned, Lu said, "First I want to clarify that I don't recall saying anything about the deadline about the UNSC committee and other United Nations subsidiary bodies".

"We 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", added the statement.

"Pakistan has quite often depended on China to protect it from the listing of Pakistan-based terrorist groups and individuals in the United Nations 1267 sanctions committee", the diplomat said.

In 2016 again India moved the proposal with the P3 - the United States, the United Kingdom and France in the UN's 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of the attack on the air base in Pathankot in January, 2016.

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The Indian dossier was supplementing the diplomatic efforts undertaken by the permanent members, and of other co-sponsors like Germany.

On Monday, India and the United States called on Pakistan to take "concerted action" to dismantle terror infrastructure and deny safe haven to all terror groups, reflecting the growing pressure on Islamabad to crack down on terror after the Pulwama suicide bombing. On March 12, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.

According to the State Department, Pompeo reiterated that the U.S. would stand with the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism. In an unusually tough message, the diplomat said Beijing "should not protect terrorists from Pakistan or any other country" if it is serious about combatting terrorism. Next day Pakistan and India were involved in an aerial dogfight and Indian fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan.

"Pakistan also suffers a lot from terrorists activities, to designate Azhar as a terrorist won't eradicate the origin of the problem and may cause more security spillovers in the region".

The ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee (1267 Sanctions Committee), upon completion of the no-objection period on 13 March 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, MEA noted in a statement. "China's position on the designation of a terrorist by the 1267 Sanctions Committee is consistent and clear", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang when asked about China's stand on the issue.

JeM has however attacked Pakistani military targets and even made an attempt on former leader Pervez Musharraf's life in 2003, despite India's accusations that Pakistan harbours the group.

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