For Beijing, Pak Comes Before Terror Fight: MEA
After Pathankot attack, India had requested the UN to put Masood Azhar in a ban list
New Delhi: India is miffed that Beijing has acted at the behest of Pakistan to block India’s bid to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, considered the mastermind of several terror strikes in India, including the Parliament attack of 2001 and the Pathankot attack this January.
After the Pathankot terror attack, India had given a dossier to the UN, calling for immediate action to list Azhar under the Al-Qaeda 1267 Sanctions Committee. The submission had strong evidence of the outfit’s terror activities and its role in the attack. However, Beijing requested the UN Security Council committee to keep on hold India’s request for a ban on Azhar, hours before the deadline on Thursday. Unlike previous occasions China did not ask for more evidence this time, according to a source.
It appeared that its decision was based on Sino-Pak relations rather than real requirements. “It has been once again proved that SinoPak political partnership is thicker than counter-terror initiatives,” an MEA official said. Union minister Kiren Rijiju criticised the Chinese action. “What China has done (in the UN), was not good. Ministry of External Affairs will take appropriate action. Whatever action is required, we will take,” he said.
Top home ministry officials also told ET thatithadprovidedinformationonAzharintheformatrequired by UN committee. There were several rounds of discussion after which the list was firmed up. New Delhi also argued that Azhar benefited from the 1999 IC 814 hijack, a terror act and hence there could be no objections on the grounds of evidence. Earlier efforts by India to put Azhar in 1267 sanctions list in 2009-10 was also spoilt by China ostensibly at the behest of Pakistan. China then blocked India’s efforts in the UN to ban the JeM chief by arguing that it did not have the necessary information about Azhar’s involvement in terrorism.
India’s earlier efforts to put Azhar in a ban list in 2009-10 was also spoilt by China