Is China with Pakistan in breeding and protecting the terrorists and their organisation? The question obviously arises because of the present move by China blocking for the fourth time a move to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) leader Masood Azhar a global terrorist.Three permanent members of Security Council — the US, France and the UK — had moved a resolution to designate Azhar a global terrorist except for China, which wields veto power in the Security Council, all other UNSC members were on board with the move before the al-Qaida (1267) Sanctions Committee.
“If China continues to block this designation, responsible member-states may be forced to pursue other actions at the Security Council, Beijing should not protect terrorists from Pakistan or any other country if it is serious about combating terrorism. It shouldn’t have to come to that,” a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) diplomat told PTI in an unusually tough warning to China. Beijing previously put a technical hold on similar proposals at the UNSC thrice. Another UNSC diplomat told PTI in response to this question that,”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,”
A UN blacklisting will subject Masood Azhar to assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo. An assets freeze under the Sanctions Committee requires that all states freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities.
New York State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino speaking to reporters said that “Our views on Jaish-e-Mohammad and its founder are well known. JeM is a UN-designated terrorist group,Azhar is the founder and the leader of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace,I would say that the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal.”
India said it was “disappointed” after the Chinese move, and vowed to continue to pursue “all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens” are brought to justice.