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Not designating Masood Azhar as global terrorist against peace

14 Марта 2019

In a statement issued in Delhi immediately after it knew the proposal on the Jaish chief had been blocked, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the 1267 sanctions committee - its formal name is the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee - was "not able to come to a decision on the proposal for listing Mohammed Masood Azhar Alvi under the UN Sanctions regime, on account of a member placing the proposal on hold".

China, which is one of the five veto-wielding members of the Security Council, blocked India's efforts in the past to list Azhar as a global terrorist, saying there is not enough evidence against him.

China has placed Azhar under its protection and vetoed moves to declare him a global terrorist that would subject him to United Nations sanctions.

In a statement released by the MEA after the move, it asserted that India will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on Indians are brought to justice.

A UNSC designation would have subjected the terrorist to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo.

The blocking of the resolution, jointly presented by the United States, United Kingdom and France, seems to have greatly disappointed New Delhi. 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.

On Monday, India's foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale met USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo to press the terror issue. "Instead of simply blaming other countries, especially Pakistan and China, the Indian government should make more self-introspection on its anti-terrorism policy and dwell more on how to better administer the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir".

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"We are grateful to all countries who supported the bid to designate Azhar as global terrorist", it said. The United States is urging Pakistan to see the "urgency" of taking action against them.

According to the State Department, Pompeo reiterated that the U.S. would stand with the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said earlier on Wednesday that "discussions on this issue must be conducted following the rules and procedures of the U.N. Security Council and its subsidiary bodies".

Pompeo and Gokhale "discussed the importance of bringing those responsible for the attack to justice and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil", according to a statement by Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino.

Since February 14, when a suicide attack targeted a bus full of Indian soldiers in India-occupied Kashmir's Pulwama region, India has been blaming Pakistan for orchestrating the attack.

Sources said the 1267 sanctions committee, which is now chaired by Indonesia, will wait until 3 pm, and in case no member country seeks for a clarification, Azhar will get listed automatically.

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