China may shield Ma­sood again

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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