UNSC to declare Masood Azhar a Global Terrorist

  • UNSC to declare Masood Azhar a Global Terrorist

UNSC to declare Masood Azhar a Global Terrorist

It was under the no-objection period and Committee members had a period of 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal.

This is the fourth time China has blocked India's bid to designate Azhar as a global terrorist in the UNSC.

The Committee makes its decisions by consensus of its members. "This has prevented action by the global community to designate the leader of JeM, a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in J&K on Feb 14".

Masood Azhar is the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which carried out a deadly suicide bombing killing 40 troops in Indian-administered Kashmir.

China, a veto-wielding member of the UNSC, has blocked the move by India and other member nations three times in the past to designate Azhar.

The MEA further said that it will "continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice".

It is the third time China has vetoed such an effort by world powers, which underlines China's strong commitment to side with Pakistan in a time when India is using every worldwide forum against Pakistan.

Asked to clarify whether the issue has been listed for discussion for March 13 and China is in talks with all the parties concerned, Lu said, "First I want to clarify that I don't recall saying anything about the deadline about the UNSC committee and other United Nations subsidiary bodies".

The US on Tuesday had said that Masood Azhar meets the criteria to be designated as a global terrorist.

Without naming China, India's permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin in a tweet said, "1 big state holds up, again." and added, "Grateful to the many states - big & small - who in unprecedented numbers, joined as co-sponsors of the effort".

"China will continue to adopt responsible attitude and participate in the deliberations in the UNSC 1267 Committee", Lu said on Wednesday.

Hectic diplomatic and political parleys had preceded the closely-watched March 13 deadline as New Delhi reached out to the UNSC member countries. The unwavering Chinese stand in Pakistan's favour comes in the backdrop of USA under secretary of state for political affairs David Hale and India's foreign secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale holding foreign office consultations on Tuesday. The United States is urging Pakistan to see the "urgency" of taking action against them. In December 2001, Jaish fighters, along with members of another Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, attacked India's parliament, which nearly led to a fourth war between the two countries.

JeM has however attacked Pakistani military targets and even made an attempt on former leader Pervez Musharraf's life in 2003, despite India's accusations that Pakistan harbours the group.