By Sangeeta Saxena
New Delhi. 13 March 2019. China has done the expected again and without batting an eyelid. It has proved yet again that it is not only Pakistan’s all weather ally but also partner in supporting terrorism. US, Britain and France have moved a proposal at the United Nations Security Council last week to designate the chief of the JeM, which has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack. Today Germany added itself to the cause which is indeed an international problem but China used its veto power once more to shield terrorism and terrorists.
For the fourth time in the last 10 years China has saved Azhar Masood . 2009, 2016, 2017 and now 2019. All the four times India moved the proposal with the P3 – the US, the United Kingdom and France in the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar and each time China blocked India’s proposal from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee.
1267 Sanctions Committee not able to come to a decision on the proposal for listing Mohammed Masood Azhar Alvi under the UN Sanctions regime is disappointing for India and for the rest of the world too. India officially responded, ” The ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee (1267 Sanctions Committee), upon completion of the no-objection period on 13 March 2019, was not able to come to a decision on the proposal for listing Mohammed Masood Azhar Alvi under the UN Sanctions regime, on account of a member placing the proposal on hold.”
The press release on the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) site states, “We are disappointed by this outcome. This has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019. “
It added, ” We are grateful for the efforts of the Member States who moved the designation proposal and the unprecedented number of all other Security Council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors. We 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. “