The Chinese Communist Party, on Aug. 10, stopped a joint India-U.S. bid to blacklist senior commander Abdul Rauf Azhar of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group, also called JeM.
As The Times of India reported, sources from the Indian government commented on Aug. 11 that the CCP’s decision was “politically motivated” and it exposes its “doublespeak and double standards” in countering terrorism.
Azhar, serves as the deputy chief of JeM. He is the mastermind behind a handful of terror strikes in India, including an Indian Airlines hijacking.
At the U.N. Security Council on Aug. 10, the U.S. and India proposed to put him on a blacklist that would strip the man of international travel and freeze his assets.
China delayed the effort by placing a “technical hold” on the proposal, which mandates approval from all 15 Security Council committee members. The 14 other members backed the listing proposal.
This marks the second time that China impeded sanctions against terrorists in less than two months.
China’s block came one day after India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ruchira Kamboj criticized the obstruction of such attempts without any justification.
Here is her full statement, “It is most regrettable that genuine and evidence-based listing proposals pertaining to some of the most notorious terrorists in the world are being placed on hold. Double standards and continuing politicization have rendered the credibility of the Sanctions Regime at an all-time low. We do hope that all members of the UNSC can pronounce together in one voice, sooner than later, when it comes to this collective fight against international terrorism.”
Ties between China and India have been strained since they clashed over a border dispute in the Himalayas in April 2020.