For Bei­jing, Pak Comes Be­fore Ter­ror Fight: MEA

Af­ter Pathankot at­tack, In­dia had re­quested the UN to put Ma­sood Azhar in a ban list

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Di­pan­jan Roy Chaud­hury & Rahul Tri­pathi

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

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