Expressing disappointment with China blocking a bid to label Maulana Masood Azhar a global terrorist, India said on Saturday that it is continuing its work with the UN Security Council sanctions committee to get the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief in the list.
“India continues to work with the UNSC’s sanction committee on listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist,” PTI reported on Saturday quoting official sources.
India is optimistic that Azhar will be listed under the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee as New Delhi has the “strong support” of 14 members.
“Hold is not a block. We are optimistic (that Azhar will be listed). India will show patience as long as it takes. India has strong support of 14 members,” news agency ANI cited sources as saying.
The sources also said that China will have to resolve issues with Pakistan as Beijing is well aware that terrorism emanates and operates from Pakistan.
“China also knows terrorism is a challenge; they know it operates from Pakistan. Pakistan is spending diplomatic capital in defending indefensible,” the sources said.
China has adequate information that there are groups in Pakistan working against China, they said.
Calling Pakistan’s so-called actions against terrorism “cosmetic”, New Delhi said that US is supportive of India and has assured that Pakistan will take action.
The sources said that Washington has also taken note of New Delhi’s concerns over arms used.
“There are no takers in US to take Pak’s narrative that India is posing threat,” ANI reported quoting sources.
India also demanded that Pakistan can hand over Indians who are in India’s wanted list as well as international terror list such as Dawood Ibrahim and Sayeed Salahudeen.
China on Wednesday blocked the bid in the UN Security Council to designate Azhar a “global terrorist”. This was the fourth time Beijing placed a technical hold on the proposal.
The hold was placed for three months and China might put the issue on hold for another six months.