China after putting technical hold twice scuttle the consensus by blocking India’s bid to declare Maulana Masood Azhar as global terrorist
Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 03 November 2017
India today clarified that China’s continuous shielding Maulana Masood Azhar by blocking India’s bid to declare him as Global Terrorist in UN will not affect India’s resolve to combat terrorism. China on Thursday despite consensus blocked the bid to list Pathankot airbase attack mastermind Masood Azhar as Global Terrorism in United Nations.
“I think the decision by a country to block a consensus should not be seen as an end in our anti or counter terrorism efforts. What is important it does not in any way take away our resolve to fight terrorism, it does not in any way take away our resolve to work with like-minded countries who are coming together increasingly to end the scourge of terrorism”, MEA Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said at a press briefing here.
“We have to see how the process works and if you know this was under UNSCR 1267. You know there are 15 members who are part of UNSCR. I think for the last two times, one country was putting technical hold. This time, they have put a block. Our reaction to the block is already in public domain”.
India yesterday immediately after the block quickly reacted by expressing its disappointment over the Chinese action.
“China is making a mockery of its counter terrorism policy by blocking bid to declare Maulana Masood Azhar, whose organization Jaish-e-Mohammad is already proscribed by the UN. Chinese double standards will prove counterproductive for china. It is not India that is a looser in the whole issue but China whose real face has come to the fore”, commented Brig. (R) Arun Sehgal, a leading defence and strategic expert. The same monster which China is protecting, will hurt it back, he added.
When asked about the future contours of the relationship between China and India in view of the blocking of Azhar and Doklam, MEA spokesperson said, “After prime minister’s meeting with president Xi- Jinping, the two sides agreed to look forward to the relationship. We are approaching this relationship in that spirit”.
“And off course the efforts will continue between two sides at different level to ensure the relationship which we have is strengthen”, he added.
China has persistently made efforts to block any move to declare Maulana Masood Azhar as an International terrorist. The Indian concerns have been communicated to Chinese at all diplomatic level but overlooking the Indian concern and consensus in UNSCR, China decided to block India’s bid. This clearly shows China pursues two forked strategy in dealing with the terrorism.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.