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UNSC to decide on JeM chief Masood Azhar's listing as global terrorist today
The United Nations Security Councill will meet on Wednesday to vote on the listing of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
A day before the deadline, India intensified its efforts in New York, Washington and Beijing among others towards Ashar’s listing, reports said on Wednesday.
China, one of the five veto members of the committee, continued to show indications that it is unlikely to agree on Mazood Azhar’s designation.
China’s reluctance: China, which placed the designation on a “technical hold” thrice before, is yet announce its stand.
This time the attempt is being led by United States, France and Britain and comes after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The Pakistan-based JeM had claimed responsibility of the attack.
Chinese Foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang on Monday said, “China's position on the designation of a terrorist by the 1267 Sanctions Committee is consistent and clear. China adopted a responsible attitude, follows the rules of the procedure of the committee and participated in the discussions in a responsible manner. Only through discussions can we come up with a responsible solution.”
Kang, however, hinted that Beijing is yet to take a decision on the designation “Some reports have knowledge of inside information of the UNSC. I don’t know that can be counted as evidence,” he said.
He said she said: Back at home, a political slugfest continued with Congress blaming the BJP-led government for the release of JeM chief Masood Azhar in the Kandahar hijacking episode back in 1999.
Azhar and two other terrorists, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, were released from an Indian prison in 1999 by the then BJP-led government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in exchange for the passengers held hostage on board IC-814 flight hijacked to Kandahar in Afghanistan.
Citing a 2010 interview of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted: “Modi government's NSA, Ajit Doval, 'spills the beans' and indicts BJP government in release of terrorist, Masood Azhar. Doval said (in the interview), 'Releasing Masood Azhar was a political decision'.”
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