India slams ‘technical hold’ on declaring JeM chief Masood Azhar global terrorist

Without naming China, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said only one country had put the technical hold, blocking the ban by another three months.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2016 1:07 pm
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India Thursday reacted sharply to the extension of the “technical hold” on banning JeM chief Masood Azhar by the UN, saying the global body will be sending a “dangerous message” if it fails to act upon India’s demand for his designation as a global terrorist.

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Without naming China, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said only one country had put the technical hold, blocking the ban by another three months, and criticised the complete “non-transparent and anonymous” manner of designating individuals by the UN Sanctions Committee.

Noting that the UN Sanctions Committee has already proscribed Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, he said the panel, however, ignored the need to take action against the organisation’s main leader, financier and motivator who continues his terrorist actions unhindered.

Responding to the extension of the hold, he said,”The Committee has already pondered (over) our submission for the last six months. It will get a further three months to ponder, but that will in no way change the strange situation we have of the Committee designating the terror organisation but failing to or ignoring the need to designate the organisation’s most active and dangerous terrorist.

“We conveyed to the Committee that it is expected to proscribe Azhar under the 1267 Sanction Regime on the basis of our submission. Such a designation would help send a strong signal to all terror groups across the world that the international community is no longer going to pursue, or tolerate, selective approaches to terrorism.

“Distinction between good and bad terrorists is fallacious and counterproductive. Concomitantly, it will also be sending a dangerous message if it fails to act upon India’s Submission.”

He noted that the issue was also being taken up with the Chinese Government.

He also emphasised that India would welcome any move which enables functioning of the UN Committee in a “manner where political considerations do not hold hostage the designation of known terrorists” and change the rule of “complete non-transparency and anonymity” of this process.

On March 31 this year, China – a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council – had blocked India’s move to put a ban on Azhar under the al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.

China was the sole member in the 15-nation UN organ to put a hold on India’s application with the rest 14 members of the Council supporting New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.

The Chinese technical hold had lapsed on Monday, and had China not raised further objection, the resolution designating Azhar as a terrorist would have been passed automatically. Beijing had on Saturday announced the extension of its “technical hold”.

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  1. R
    Oct 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm
    BJP freed Masood Azhar. Doesn't it look STUPID to declare him a terrorist?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Global terrorist is Shri ModiJI who talks only terrorism in all countries he;br/gt;lt;br/gt;He was a state terrorist for 12 years, a national terrorist and a global terrorist for the last 2 1/2 years. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Hope he soon becomes galactic terrorist by using Inter-galactic spaceships designed and developed by veDIK brahmins.
    1. O
      Ordinary Indian
      Oct 6, 2016 at 2:22 pm
      China is a bigger and more dangerous dictator. They are the new funding sugar daddy of stan .... lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In a long term this is going to hurt China as the extremism doesn't respect anyone. stan is ISIS take 2....
      1. G
        Oct 6, 2016 at 5:09 pm
        All those who are carrying out a tirade against China should not use any digital devices hence forth. They should go to the forests and live as forest loafers. All Bhakts will sorry should agree with me.
      2. G
        Oct 6, 2016 at 5:07 pm
        Do you mean to say a brahmin Rangachari.Venugopalan cannot be a brahmin?
        1. K
          Oct 6, 2016 at 2:23 pm
          India should not wait for the world to declare anyone as a terrorist, I think India should do it itself, find ways to eliminate this person, no country needs to support or be against anyone trying to destroy terrorism, every civilized country should stop terrorism with the help of the other countries or not.
          1. A
            Oct 6, 2016 at 5:45 pm
            If China has disagreement with US then it must stop trade in US Dollars! I hope you will agree with line of thought as yours.
            1. D
              Oct 6, 2016 at 3:52 pm
              stan will be divided into 4;br/gt;insha;br/gt;....�lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai;br/gt;Ameen..
              1. D
                Oct 6, 2016 at 4:59 pm
                stan will be divided into 4;br/gt;insha;br/gt;....�lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai;br/gt;;br/gt;...
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