China again blocks India bid to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar

The issue has been going on at least since 2009, when China and the UK put technical hold on the listing.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2016 1:09 pm
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ON A day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of China on their national day, laying stress on “deepening mutual trust and confidence”, Beijing on Saturday said that its technical hold on India’s move to get Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar listed as a terrorist by the United Nations has “been extended”, two days before expiry of the hold.

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The Chinese technical hold was set to expire on Monday, and that would have cleared the way to take forward the process to list Azhar — accused in the Parliament terror attack case and, more recently, the Pathankot attack — as a global terrorist. The hold has now been extended for another three months.

There was no official response from New Delhi, but sources said this will become one of the talking points between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in mid-October, when they meet on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa.

China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in Beijing, “The technical hold on India’s listing application submitted to the 1267 Committee in March 2016 has already been extended… There are still different views on India’s listing application. The extended technical hold on it will allow more time for the committee to deliberate on the matter and for relevant parties to have further consultations.”

On March 31 this year, China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, had blocked India’s move to put a ban on Azhar, under the sanctions committee of the council. China was the only member in the 15-nation UN organ to put a hold on India’s application — all others supported New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.

The issue has been going on at least since 2009, when China and the UK put technical hold on the listing.

Geng said the 1267 Committee of the UNSC “organises its work as mandated by relevant resolutions of the Security Council.” “China always maintains that on the listing matter, the 1267 Committee should stick to the main principles of objectivity, impartiality and professionalism, base its judgements on solid evidence and decide upon consensus among the members of the Security Council,” he said in a written reply to a question.

In August this year, when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, in New Delhi, she raised the issue of China’s technical hold on listing of Masood Azhar in the UNSC 1267 Committee. This has become a thorny issue between the two countries in recent months, especially after the Pathankot terror attack.

“China was urged to revisit its technical hold in line with its own professed zero tolerance towards terrorism,” sources told The Sunday Express, expressing surprise at Beijing’s decision on Saturday.

In July, while responding to a question on the issue, the Chinese envoy had said it was “not a political hold”. He counselled India to engage in “friendly consultations” with Pakistan — without naming the country — and arrive at a mutually acceptable solution.

Officials said India is not alone in its bid to get Azhar listed as a terrorist, as the US, UK and France had “co-sponsored” the resolution seeking Azhar’s listing.

In April, India had said it finds it “incomprehensible” that while the Pakistan-based JeM was listed in the UNSC Committee as far back as 2001 for its terror activities and links to the al-Qaeda, the designation of the group’s main leader, financier and motivator has been put on technical hold.

After India submitted a dossier on Azhar following the Pathankot attack, in March, India’s submission was considered by the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate for technical aspects of the evidence provided. The technical team, with the support of the US, UK and France, then sent it to all the members.

Sources said if there were no objections, Azhar’s designation as a terrorist would be announced after the expiry of the deadline. However, hours before the deadline, China requested the committee to hold the decision.

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    Arif
    Oct 2, 2016 at 10:25 pm
    Free Tibet. China is broke. Communist China Economy is like a Pontizi scheme!
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      Chandu Shah
      Oct 2, 2016 at 12:43 pm
      Ban Chinese goods. Chinese products are rubbish anyway.
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        Chander Pal
        Oct 2, 2016 at 9:26 am
        China is an unfriendly nation. Just boycott Chinese products, these are of cheap quality anyway.
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          Usha Hemlata
          Oct 2, 2016 at 3:14 am
          Indians shall stop buying anything made in China. Many people in Western world, especially Indians and Whites have stopped buying chinese goods. Even African leaders have started talking bad about the Chinese goods, managers and investors. They are openly calling them INFESTORS. I stopped buying cheap Chinese goods in July 2013 and always look for 'Made in.....' tag to ensure I do not buy. NEVER.
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            Gk
            Oct 2, 2016 at 5:19 am
            Chinese always backstabbing. Nothing new. Substandard people and material are Chinese. LOL
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              Khalifa khan
              Oct 2, 2016 at 3:06 am
              Fund anti stan elements in stan regions with arms n finance to create troubles in CPEC corridor. China should be taught lesson in language it understands
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                Khalifa khan
                Oct 2, 2016 at 3:04 am
                India should sponsor covert on CPEC corridor so that China gets a lesson
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                  Amit Aggarwal
                  Oct 2, 2016 at 8:30 am
                  Ban import from China.
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                    MyTake
                    Oct 2, 2016 at 6:35 am
                    And Chacha Nehru bid for China to give it security council membership instead of India!!
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                      MyTake
                      Oct 2, 2016 at 12:48 am
                      If it was not for Nehru, India instead of China could be the UN security council member today! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So much for the foolishness of leadership, letting a country of one billion people go begging to do simple things!
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                        MyTake
                        Oct 2, 2016 at 6:33 am
                        India need to work together with people of stan to help them get Their freedom. Once this happens everything else will fall in place like jig saw puzzle!
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                          No One
                          Oct 2, 2016 at 5:01 am
                          How can you conclude that the person is from stan? Just by name? Read carefully.
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                            Romik
                            Oct 2, 2016 at 5:08 pm
                            We should openly declare Tibet as an independant country!
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                              Reddy
                              Oct 2, 2016 at 2:37 am
                              Beware about banning. One guy was banned all over the world and ended up becoming a PM of a country.
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                                Ajay Chaturvedi
                                Oct 2, 2016 at 4:56 am
                                China's response is not only disappointing but is bewildering. Masood Azhar is no saint and China will realise soon when this man will cause problems in Xinjiang. Terrorists need to be dealt with firmly and on a issue like this China should not play partisan politics
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                                  Alab
                                  Oct 2, 2016 at 12:23 am
                                  This is all due to policy of Nehru who did not take advantage of the opportunity to become a member of UNSC. Even Kashmir was a problem created by him. So was his recognition of Tibet as a part of China. He had done lot of good, too. But history books should record this. We did not change our policy even when conditions changed which has cost the country dear and continuing to do so. Modi is undoing these wrong doings of Nehru
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                                    Anil Pathak
                                    Oct 2, 2016 at 3:09 am
                                    China has shown terrorists are domestic dogs tied by handler with belt and chain
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                                      bitterhoney
                                      Oct 2, 2016 at 2:43 pm
                                      mitr ho to china jaisa.
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                                        tilak raj
                                        Oct 2, 2016 at 1:01 am
                                        we are also a great country our necessity is larger then china and adopt a policy to terminate business with china
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                                          Nampurath Krishna
                                          Oct 2, 2016 at 8:24 am
                                          And Sindhis too who are fired up against Punjabi dominant stan ruling elite. Muhajirs also could be part of big game-plan.
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                                            Nampurath Krishna
                                            Oct 2, 2016 at 8:09 am
                                            China will learn the hard lesson pretty soon when it will face the same type of terrorist menace as the western world. It is Congress Party's first PM who could be held responsible for all the thorny obstacles from China when US and other erstwhile world leading countries proferred India the opportunity to take a leading stance in world affairs with permanent membership in UN Security Council, the then Indian leaders declined the offer in favour of China. And the same China now bleeds India not only taking stance with terror breeding country stan but obstructed India's joining of NSG ilk of prestigious group.
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