Trump effect? US makes fresh bid to put Masood Azhar on UN-designated list of terrorists, China intervenes


New Delhi, Feb 7: Months after India’s proposal before the United Nations to include Masood Azhar in the list of designated terrorists was rejected, United States of America moved a fresh application seeking ban on the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief. However, China once again intervened, putting the proposal on ‘hold’.

Senior government sources while speaking to news agency PTI, confirmed that the US administration moved a fresh bid to impose sanctions against Masood Azhar. The proposal was made before the United Nations 1267 sanctions committee in mid-January. However, Beijing, used its veto powers to aide its time-tested ally Pakistan. Before the proposal could be examined by the committee, China put it on ‘hold’ for next six months.

Indian Ministry of External Affairs would be using diplomatic channels to persuade China to reconsider its stand.

Informed of this development & matter has been taken up with Chinese Govt: MEA on China blocking US’ move at UN for banning Masood Azhar

China, along with France, Great Britain, Russia and the United States is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The elite grouping enjoys veto powers to single-handedly block proposals at the UN.

Earlier, the proposal of India against Masood Azhar, which was pending since past several months, was ‘blocked’ by China in December. Beijing argued that Masood Azhar does not qualify to be imposed with the sanction as designated in the list.

New Delhi claims that the Pathankot terror attack in January, 2016, was carried out by the Jaish-e-Muhammad, the Islamist extremist group based in Bahawalpur in Pakistan. Following the evidence handed over by Indian agencies to Pakistan, the Nawaz Sharif government had launched a crackdown against JeM, detaining several leaders. However, suspectedly under military pressure, Islamabad aborted the counter-terror operation.

Trump effect?

Newly elected US President Donald Trump has adopted a zero-tolerance policy on terror. Although conservative leader rose to power making tall claims against Islamist extremist and global jihadism, geopolitical experts doubted his strategy. However, the effect of Trump presidency was evident as the new US administration ensured sanctions against Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Under US pressure, Islamabad was compelled to put Saeed under house arrest. His organization Jamaat ud Dawah (JuD) has been banned by the Interior Ministry of Pakistan, reportedly under directions from US. Experts opine that Pakistan’s defiance of decrees imposed by US could lead to the imposition of sanctions against the Islamic Republic, along with an immediate end to the financial aide given by US to Pakistan for “fighting terrorism”.

At his inaugural speech, Trump had expressed the willingness to stop financial aides to other nation on the pretext of fighting terrorism. “We have been fighting the wars of others. Depriving our own people, we are pumping our financial resources in other countries. spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay,” Trump had said at his inauguration speech. ANI