Stung by China’s UN move on Azhar, In­dia against hid­den veto

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UNITED NA­TIONS: In­dia has crit­i­cised the use of a “hid­den veto” to block ef­forts to sanc­tion ter­ror­ists at the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, days af­ter China stopped a move to ban Ma­sood Azhar, the head of Pak­istan-based Jaish-eMo­hammed (JeM).

In­dia’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN, Syed Ak­barud­din, on Thurs­day de­manded ac­count- abil­ity in such pro­cesses. He said the UN’s mem­bers are “never” in­formed of rea­sons for not acced- ing to re­quests to sanc­tion ter­ror- ists. He crit­i­cised the “anonymity” sur­round­ing the func­tion­ing of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil’s Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanc­tions Com­mit­tee.

Against the back­drop of China block­ing In­dia’s bid to ban the mas­ter­mind of the Pathankot air­base at­tack, Ak­barud­din said all 15 mem­bers of the sanc­tions com­mit­tee have a veto. With­out nam­ing China, he said no one, ex­cept th­ese 15 mem­bers, is told who wielded the veto in a spe­cific in­stance.

“Counter-ter­ror mech­a­nisms such as the sanc­tions com­mit­tees that act on be­half of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity need to build trust, not en­gen­der im­punity by the use of this form of a hid­den veto,” Ak­barud­din told the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil dur­ing a de­bate on threats to global se­cu­rity by ter­ror­ist acts. “The pro­ce­dures of una­nim­ity and anonymity of the Al Qaeda, Taliban and ISIS sanc­tions com­mit­tees need to be re­vis­ited. Cur­rently, they re­sult in a lack of ac­count­abil­ity,” he said.

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