China prevents U.N. from blacklisting JeM’s Masood Azhar

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India’s attempt to declare Pakistani terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad gangster Masood Azhar as a global terrorist got another setback.

China once again prevented a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) committee from blacklisting the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

Actually, the United States, Britain and France had earlier asked the Security Council’s Islamic State and al Qaeda sanctions committee to subject JeM leader Masood Azhar to an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze. The 15-member committee operates by consensus.

China chose to impose a technical ban on the proposal to declare him a global terrorist in the UNSC. It didn’t clarify its decision for the hold. Thus, the proposal was placed once again in limbo. This was the fourth proposal to declare Azhar as a global terrorist in the last 10 years in the United Nations. China had already obstructed India’s efforts on three earlier proposals.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that discussions on this issue must be conducted following the rules and procedures of the UNSC and its subsidiary bodies.

In New Delhi, the External Affairs Ministry reacted to the developments and said, “We are disappointed. But we will continue to work on all the available options, to ensure that the terrorists involved in the attacks on Indian nationals be put in the court of justice. ”

The Ministry said, “We are grateful to those countries who have supported us in the exercise of declaring Azhar as a global terrorist.” Earlier, according to the 1267 Al-Qaeda Co-operation Council of the United Nations Security Council, to declare Azhar as a terrorist Proposals were brought on February 27 by France, Britain and the United States.

It is noteworthy that on Feb. 14, a suicide bomber attacked an Indian paramilitary convoy in Pulwama. It killed at least 40 Indian CRPF police. The JeM had claimed the responsibility of the attack. This increased the tensions between Pakistan and India. Both the countries said they had shot down each other’s fighter planes in air encounter on Feb 27, 2019.

JeM is a primarily an anti-India group that forged ties with al Qaeda. Masood Azhar is  the leader of JeM, a group the U.N. already calls an al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organisation. It was blacklisted by the U.N. Security Council in 2001.

“The case for designating Masood Azhar is undeniable. If China continues to prevent the designation of Azhar then other council members “may be forced to pursue other actions at the Security Council,” feel western powers.

One possible way for to blacklist Azhar would be through the adoption of a Security Council resolution, which needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, Britain or France to pass.