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India fumes after China sides with Pakistan-bred JeM terrorist

China's blocking the blacklisting of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist Abdul Rauf Azhar has exposed its double standards, government sources have said. Wednesday's block on a terror blacklisting move was not the first time China had obstructed the listing of terrorists in the 1267 Sanctions Committee.

India fumes after China backs Pakistan-bred JeM terrorist at UNSC
New Delhi, First Published Aug 11, 2022, 1:23 PM IST

China once again exposed its double standards in the fight against terrorism when it blocked the blacklisting of the dreaded terrorist and second-in-command of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, government sources said on Thursday.

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China had on Wednesday stalled a proposal made by India and the United States in the United Nations to blacklist JeM chief Masood Azhar's brother Abdul Rauf Azhar.

According to government sources, China has time and again undermined the sanctity of the working methods of the UNSC Sanctions Committee with its "politically motivated" actions in nearly every listing case of a Pakistan-based terrorist.

Wednesday's block on a terror blacklisting move was not the first time China had obstructed the listing of terrorists in the 1267 Sanctions Committee.

China had placed on hold an Indo-US joint proposal to list the deputy chief of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, Abdul Rehman Makki, on the sanctions list in June 2022. Makki is involved in raising funds, recruiting and radicalising youths, and planning attacks in India. His fingerprints were clear in the Mumbai terror attack conspiracy.

Government sources said that it was unfortunate that political considerations had prevented the sanctions committee from playing its role. 

Born in 1974 in Pakistan, Abdul Rauf Azhar was sanctioned by the United States in December 2010. While designating Abdul as a terrorist, the US Department of Treasury had then said that he was carrying out recruitments within Pakistan to engage in terrorist activities. He was JeM's acting leader in 2007. In 2008, Abdul was tasked with organising suicide attacks in India. He was also involved with JeM's political wing.

India has submitted ample evidence to show that Abdul was the mastermind of the hijacking of the Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 in 1999. The hijacking forced the Indian government to release his brother Masood Azhar from prison. The JeM has been behind a number of major terror attacks in India. These include the 2001 attack on Parliament and the 2016 attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.

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