Deeply disappointed: India tells China on Masood Azhar

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: External Affairs Ministry (MEA) spokesman Raveesh Kumar addressing media.

File Photo: External Affairs Ministry (MEA) spokesman Raveesh Kumar addressing media.

India Thursday reacted sharply to China again blocking Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar’s designation as a global terrorist by the UN, saying “accommodating with terrorism” for narrow objectives was both short-sighted and counterproductive.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, in a strongly-worded statement, said, “We are deeply disappointed that once again, a single country has blocked international consensus on the designation of an acknowledged terrorist and leader of UN-designated terrorist organisation, Masood Azhar.”

However, the statement did not name China.

India strongly believes that “double standards” and “selective approaches” will only undermine the international community’s resolve to combat terrorism, Kumar said.

“We can only hope that there will be a realisation that accommodating with terrorism for narrow objectives is both short-sighted and counterproductive,” he asserted.

China today for the fourth time blocked the bid to list Pathankot terror attack mastermind Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, saying “there is no consensus” within the members of the sanctions committee.

A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India, the US and other nations’ bid to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.