US, Bri­tain And France Back Azhar Ban in UN; China Ve­toes it Again

China has used a tech­ni­cal hold twice on a pro­posal by In­dia to have Azhar black­listed

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: In a big boost to In­dia’s ef­forts to add Pak­istan-based ter­ror group Jaish-e-Mo­hammed’s chief Ma­sood Azhar in the United Na­tions black­list, the United States has taken up the pro­posal.

Ac­cord­ing to se­nior gov­ern­ment sources, the US, sup­ported by the UK and France, moved a pro­posal at the UN’s Sanc­tions Com­mit­tee 1267 in the sec­ond-half of last­mon­th­to­pro­scribe Azhar who is con­sid­ered to have mas­ter­mind­ed­someof its­dead­li­est­ter­ror at­tacks in In­dia in­clud­ing last year’s strike on Pathankot air force.

The de­vel­op­ment will help in­crease pres­sure on China that blocked In­dia’s pro­posal to black­list Azhar late last year.

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“We have been in­formed of this de­vel­op­ment; the mat­ter has been taken up with the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment,” ex­ter­nal affairs min­istry spokesper­son Vikas Swarup told re­porters here on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to peo­ple in the know, the US pro­posal, which was fi­nalised af­ter “con­sul­ta­tions” be­tween Wash­ing­ton and New Delhi, said JeM is a des­ig­nated ter­ror out­fit and so its lead­ers can­not go scot-free. “How­ever, China op­posed the US move by putting a ‘hold’ on the pro­posal,” one of them said. The Chi­nese ac­tion came just be­fore the ex­piry of the 10-day dead­line for any pro­posal to be adopted or blocked or to be put on hold, the per­son said.

All of last year, China used a ‘tech­ni­cal hold’ twice on a pro­posal by In­dia to have Azhar, who lives in Pak­istan, added to a list of or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als that sup­port the Al-Qaeda against whom ac­tion is or­dered by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil 1267 com­mit­tee. A UN black­list would freeze Azhar’s as­sets and ban his travel glob­ally.

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