China may shield Masood again
China on Monday hinted at no change in its policy of blocking efforts to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist during the second tenure of President Xi Jinping, as Beijing continued to harp on its familiar stand that there was no consensus among UN Security Council members.
A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s move to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief under the AlQaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. JeM has already been in its banned list.
China had in August extended by three months its technical hold on the the US, France and UK-backed pro- posal to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN after having blocked the move in February this year at the UN.
“We have made our position clear many times from this podium. The relevant resolutions of Security Council have clear stipulations as to the mandate of 1267 Committee and also clear stipulations when it comes to the listing of relevant organisations and individuals,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing.
Replying to questions whether China will block the ban on Azhar again when the 1267 Committee of the UNSC takes up the issue on Thursday, Hua said “as for listing application by the relevant country, there are disagreements”. China’s latest hold is due to lapse on Thursday.
Hua’s remarks indicate that China will continue its policy to block moves by India and other countries led by US to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN during the second term of President Xi. In a shocking incident, a 100-year-old woman has died after she was raped by a drunk youth in Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place in Jaani village of Meerut district of the state. The lady passed away on Monday morning. The attacker was nabbed while trying to give a slip after committing the crime. He was nabbed when the lady’s distress call alerted her brother and neighbours. The police is going to press murder charges against the accused, Ankit Punia. The accused has denied the charges so far.