New Delhi, Nov 2: India and the United States of America are mulling over options for their next steps to cut through China’s shield to protect Pakistan and the terror originating from it. This has come a few days after China cited “lack of consensus” for not designating Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
India and the US are likely to meet in December for the first time to discuss coordinating terrorist designations by both the countries. The two sides, a TOI report said, will discuss options for keeping terrorists and terror groups, from around the world, under pressure. The meeting will also include which terrorist will next be put up for sanctions by the UNSC’s 1267 committee. (Also Read: Ban on Masood Azhar, Security Council Seat: India’s Top Priority at UN General Assembly)
In the Modi-Trump meeting, both the countries “committed to strengthen cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including al-Qaida, ISIS, JeM, Lashkar-e-Taiba, D-Company, and their affiliates.” Both the leaders welcomed the new consultation mechanism on the listing of domestic and international terrorist designations.
It is likely that Masood Azhar’s brother Abdul Rauf Asghar will be put on the next list for sanctions. Abdul Rauf was charged in the Pathankot terror attack. Maulana Ibrahim Athar Alvi, Azhar’s another brother, is accused of masterminding the hijack of IC-814 forcing India to release Azhar from jail in return for the passengers.
On October 30, China said that it is not designating Masood Azhar as an international terrorist. “As for listing the application by the relevant country, there are disagreements. China raised the technical hold so as to allow for more time for all parties to deliberate on this matter. To our regret the committee so far has yet to reach a consensus,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, said.
Expressing confidence, the Chinese officials said that they wouldn’t be pressured by the US on the Azhar matter given that the US needs China’s support to keep North Korea in check.