Sushma Swaraj Speaks Out on the Masood Azhar Issue

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Sushma Swaraj

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday strongly raised with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi the issue of China blocking its bid to have JeM chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN.

Sushma Swaraj

According to official sources, Swaraj raised the issue besides other issues also. The conflict is mainly regarding the matter that China stopped the Security Council from interfering into the matter and asked not to designate Azhar as a terrorist.

The main allegation is that this is not the first time that China stopped India’s bid to get the Pakistani militant group or leader proscribed under the UN.

The UN had banned the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in 2001 but India’s efforts for slapping sanctions on Azhar after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks also did not fructify as China, that has veto powers, did not allow it apparently at the behest of Pakistan. The issues between the two nations namely China and India regarding the Pakistan based terror activities have been raising since then.

The Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar has spoken out regarding the issue and said that India has taken up a high level regarding the issue but it is not going to affect the rest of the areas of the bilateral ties.

The scenario is somewhat like this that immediately after the Air Base attacks at Pathankot, India wrote to UN to consider Azhar’s name under the UN Sanction Committee in order to take immediate actions. However, China having the veto power stopped the Council from doing so and asked that the Security Council need not interfere into the matter. This in turn increased a state of tension between the two nations.

In an open debate on ‘Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts’, India’s permanent representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin had said, “The procedures of unanimity and anonymity of the al-Qaida, Taliban and ISIS sanctions committees need to be revisited. The procedures of unanimity and anonymity result in a lack of accountability”

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