China blocks India-US bid to list Pak-based terrorist in UN sanctions list

A day after China said that there were "no good or bad terrorists” at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Beijing placed a ‘technical hold’ on a joint India-US bid to list Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed deputy chief Abdul Rauf Asghar and younger brother of Masood Azhar, under the 1267 sanctions committee of the Security Council.

India has called the move “unfortunate” and “politically motivated”. Sources confirmed to India Today that China blocked the proposal while all other 14 member states of the UN Security Council were supportive of the listing proposal.

Abdul Rauf Asghar, deputy chief of the proscribed terror group Jaish-i-Mohammad (JIM) and younger brother of Masood Azhar, was involved in the planning and execution of numerous terror attacks, including the hijacking of Indian Airlines aircraft IC814 (1999), the attack on the Indian Parliament (2001) and the attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot (2016).

Sources say, “It is unfortunate that the sanctions committee has been prevented from playing its role due to political considerations. China’s actions expose its double speak and double standards when it comes to the international community’s shared battle against terrorism.”