China Again Backs JeM Chief Masood Azhar, Defies Naming Him As ‘Global Terrorist’

In India’s bid to name Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, China again on Wenesday defied from supporting it. It has succeeded in putting a technical hold on a proposal in the UN Security Council to ban him. 

A diplomat at the UN told PTI that China put a “technical hold”.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on 27 February, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.

The Ministry of External Affairs, while reacting to China’s decision, said that it was “disappointed by this outcome”.

“This has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organisation which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019.”

MEA said in a statement, as per ANI. 

The Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee members had 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal.

Fourth Bid in 10 Years

The no-objection period deadline was scheduled to end at 3 PM local time (New York) Wednesday, (12:30 AM IST Thursday).

Just before the close of the deadline, China put a hold on the proposal. The diplomat said China asked for “more time to examine” the proposal.

The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

The Committee makes its decisions by consensus of its members.

All eyes were on China, which has in the past blocked India’s bids to get Azhar listed as a UN-designated global terrorist thrice.

According to the listing rules of the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee, if no objection is received by the end of the no-objection period, the decision will be deemed adopted.

As it has done in the past, Beijing put a technical hold on the proposal just as the deadline was about to end.

China Always Adopts a Responsible Attitude

An inkling of China’s stand on the issue came during Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang’s press conferences on Monday and Wednesday in Beijing when he was asked about the proposal to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UNSC.

“The UN Security Council and its subsidiary bodies are run on strict rules… We already stressed China’s position on the listing of terrorist organisations and individuals in the UN Security Council 1267 Committee on many occasions,” Lu said on Monday.

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

On the issue of listing Azhar, he said, “I want to say that China always adopts a responsible attitude, engage in consultations with various parties and properly deal with this issue.”

“The discussions, I want to say must follow the rules and procedures of the relevant bodies and only the solution that is acceptable to all sides is conducive for resolving the issue,” he said, indicating that Beijing may again block the move to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

According to sources, the statement of the case of the latest proposal by France mentioned that JeM had taken responsibility for the Pulwama suicide attack on February 14 in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed.

China May Again Block JeM Chief Masood Azhar’s Listing As UN- Designated Terrorists

The UN Security Council is to take up a resolution on naming the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. Prior to this, China on Wednesday gave hinta that it is likely to block the decision again, saying only “the solution that is acceptable to all sides” is conducive to resolve the issue. 

The fate of the proposal to designate Pakistan-based Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council will be known in less than 24 hours when the deadline to raise objections to the bid expires. 

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 al-Qaida sanctions committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, UK and the US on February 27. 

“I could reiterate that China will continue to adopt responsible attitude and participate in the deliberations in the UNSC 1267 Committee,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here.

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. 

China has been insisting that the solution should be acceptable to all. 

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 UN subsidiary bodies”. 

On the issue of listing Azhar, he said, “I want to say that China always adopts a responsible attitude, engage in consultations with various parties and properly deal with this issue.”

“The discussions, I want to say must follow the rules and procedures of the relevant bodies and only the solution that is acceptable to all sides is conducive for resolving the issue,” he said. 

Recently, China’s vice foreign minister Kong Xuanyou travelled to Pakistan and held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other officials. 

India on Saturday said all UNSC members were aware about the JeM training camps and the presence of terror group’s chief Masood Azhar in Pakistan, and urged them to designate him as a global terrorist. 

The JeM, headed by the 50-year-old Azhar, carried out many terror strikes in India and was involved in the attack on Parliament, the Pathankot air force base, army camps in Jammu and Uri. It also claimed responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama suicide attack which left 40 CRPF personnel dead.

Dilbagh Singh Replaces J&K Police Chief SP Vaid

Jammu and Kashmir police Chief SP Vaid was replaced by Dilbagh Singh Director General of Prison. Speculations are indicating towards the release of a terrorist’s father in exchange of kidnapped family members of the state’s policemen last week as a trigger.

Speculations over the sudden suspension of SP Vaid are also pointing towards the rift between the State and SP Vaid over the acquittal.

On Tuesday evening, state intelligence Chief Abdul Gani Mir was also replaced by Dr B Srinivas.

Last week, three policemen and eight relatives of policemen were kidnapped by terrorists in south Kashmir. They were set free hours after the police quietly released around a dozen family members of terrorists, including the father of Hizbul Mujahideen “commander” Riaz Naikoo.

Home Ministry sources said that the top officers of the department misjudged the impact of the decision.

Sources said serious differences had cropped up between Mr. Vaid and Governor’s administration after the officer was divested of powers to make certain administrative decisions and authority was given to ADG Law and Order Munir Khan. Mr. Vaid lodged a strong protest with state government and Union Home Secretary.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor’s Rule since the BJP ended the alliance with the PDP in June. Satyapal Malik was appointed Governor last month, replacing NN Vohra.

It is also ascertained that the BJP was also upset with him for his stand on the Kathua rape and murder case, in which an 8-year-old nomad girl was abducted, raped and killed in an attempt to drive Muslim nomads out of Kathua. Top BJP state ministers attended the rallies in support of accused. Eight persons have charge sheeted by the state crime branch.

The centre, sources said, wanted the changes in place before the local body polls in the state.