China blocks India’s efforts to apprehend terrorist Masood Azhar

Q.  China has placed a technical hold on the move of India to get which Pakistani terror group’s chief designated a terrorist?
- Published on 03 Oct 16

a. JeM
b. Hizbul Mujahideen
c. Indian Mujahideen
d. LeT

China blocks India’s efforts to apprehend terrorist Masood AzharChina on 1st Oct 2016 placed an extension on the technical hold on India’s move to get Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar designated a terrorist by the United Nations before the exposure of the hold.
  • China technical hold was set to lapse on Oct 3, and had the Sino state not raised objections, resolution designating Azhar as a terrorist could have been passed automatically
  • Chinese technical hold is set to be extended for another six months
  • Technical hold on India’s listing application has been submitted to 1267 committee in March 2016 has been extended as per an official announcement by China
  • On March 31 this year, China a veto wielding permanent member of the UNSC has blocked India’s move to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad leader and Pathankot mastermind, terrorist Masood Azhar
  • China was the only member in the 15 nation UN organisation to put India’s application on hold; the 14 other nations in the council supported New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list subjecting him to an assets freeze and travel ban
  • Geng, a Chinese spokesperson sad that "China always maintains that on the listing matter, the 1267 committee should stick to the main principles of objectivity, impartiality and professionalism, base its judgments on solid evidence and decide upon consensus among the members of the Security Council.”
  • The hold has been extended in the middle of Indo-Pak tension over the Uri terror attack
  • China’s technical hold coupled with the move to block India’s entry into the NSG has created tension in Sino-India ties as well.
  • China’s move to extend the technical hold comes ahead of the expected meeting between PM Narendra Modi and China’s president XI Jingping in Goa during the BRICS summit from Oct 15-16
  • China has blocked India’s demand for action under the anti-terrorism resolution against Pakistan held by the council for releasing LeT commander Zaki-ur-Lakhvi- the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks
  • India is not alone to get Azhar listed as a terrorist; UK and France co-sponsored the resolution seeking the listing of Azhar
  • India has criticised the UN Sanctions Committee for the failure to designate terrorists
  • Terror groups are proscribed entities under the sanctions regime, but individuals heading them are not listed
  • India finds it incomprehensible as to why JeM was listed for terror activities since 2001 and designation of the group’s main leader has been placed on technical hold

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