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Placing Blocks & Holds on Listing Requests Without Any Rhyme or Reason Must End: India at UNSC

File picture of Jaish chief Masood Azhar.

India was making an obvious reference to China which had repeatedly blocked New Delhi’s bids to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a world terrorist.

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  • Last Updated: January 12, 2021, 21:15 IST
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United Nations: India on Tuesday instructed the UN Security Council that the observe of putting blocks and holds with out “any rhyme or reason on requests to designate terrorists and terror groups must end, an apparent reference to China which had repeatedly blocked New Delhi’s bids to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. “We should not countenance double requirements on this battle. Terrorists are terrorists; there are not any good and unhealthy ones. Those who propagate this distinction have an agenda. And those that cowl up for them are simply as culpable, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated.

“Accordingly, we should reform the working strategies of the Committees coping with Sanctions and Counter Terrorism. Transparency, accountability and effectiveness are the necessity of the day. The observe of putting blocks and holds on itemizing requests with none rhyme or purpose should finish. This solely erodes our collective credibility, he stated. Jaishankar was talking at the united states Ministerial Meeting on Threats to worldwide peace and safety attributable to terrorist acts: International cooperation in combating terrorism 20 years after the adoption of decision 1373 (2001),’ the primary tackle by Jaishankar to the Security Council after India started its two-year tenure on the 15-nation physique this month.

Before India succeeded in its almost 10-year lengthy efforts to have Pakistan-based Azhar designated as a world terrorist on the UN, China, Islamabad’s all-weather ally, had repeatedly blocked New Delhi’s makes an attempt to checklist the Pakistan-based terrorist below the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council. In May 2019, India had registered an enormous diplomatic win when the UN slapped sanctions towards Azhar after China lifted its maintain on the proposal to blacklist him. Beijing had earlier put the maintain on the proposal, scuttling one more try to blacklist the JeM chief. The proposal was the fourth such bid on the UN within the final 10 years to checklist Azhar as a world terrorist. Beijing lifting its maintain was a large diplomatic win for India, which had relentlessly pursued the matter with its worldwide allies. Jaishankar additionally underlined that enlisting and delisting people and entities below the UN sanctions regimes have to be performed objectively, not for political or non secular issues. Proposals on this regard advantage due examination earlier than circulation.

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