In the United Nations Security Council’s move to blacklist Masood Azhar a global terrorist, China used its Veto power and blocked the move yet another time.
US, UK and France moved a file in the United States Security Council to ban Azhar as a global terrorist after the Pulwama attack in India. In the attack, 40 CRPF personnel died. Jaish-e-Mohammed took the responsibility of the attack. In the wake of the attack, three permanent members of UNSC – the US, UK and France tried their luck, but in vain.
After China’s blockage, India’s Ministry of External Affairs released an official statement on the issue. It says, “We are grateful to 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.”
A person is blacklisted as a global terrorist under the listing rules of the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee. And according to those rules, a person can only be designated as a global terrorist if all the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council say a Yes to it. China is a permanent member of the UNSC and has been using its Veto for past years in the process of banning Azhar.
Yesterday, From Trump’s administration side, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino talked to the media and said that the US has enough evidence Azhar. “Azhar is the founder and the leader of the JeM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations,” he said.
Looks like China is willing to wage a proxy war even with the United States just to continue its old friendship with Pakistan.
The US diplomat the United Nations doesn’t seem to be happy about China’s move. The US released an official statement warning China. It says, “This is the fourth time that China has placed a hold on this listing. China should not prevent the Committee from doing the job the Security Council has entrusted it to do.
If China continues to block this designation, responsible member states may be forced to pursue other actions at the Security Council. It shouldn't have to come to that,”