New Delhi: A day after China lifted its sanction against listing Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday declared, “The Pulwama terror attack did play a role in listing him as a global terrorist.”
Answering to a question as to why India does not figure in the UNSC listing of Azhar as a global terrorist, Raveesh Kumar said, “The number of terror attacks committed by Masood Azhar is not a biodata of all his acts. It is important that he has been designated as a global terrorist.”
He added, “We welcome China’s decision to lift the technical hold on sanctioning of Masood Azhar at the UN… We do not negotiate with any country on terrorism and on matters related to the security of the country. China has already given its reason why the hold has been lifted.”
China on Wednesday said it acted against Pakistan-based JeM chief after India shared fresh evidence on the man who plotted several deadly attacks. “After careful study of the revised materials and taking into consideration the opinions of relevant parties, China does not have an objection to the listing proposal,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
On Wednesday, Kumar had said that the action is “in accordance with India’s position and in line with the information that India has shared with the members of the Sanctions Committee regarding terrorist activities” of Azhar and the JeM.
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had earlier met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and discussed the blacklisting of Azhar. The Indian Foreign Ministry had said all the evidences against Azhar were shared.
China since 2009 had blocked all moves by India, the US and other countries to declare Azhar an international terrorist. His JeM had claimed the responsibility for killing 40 Indian security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in February.
Beijing had placed a “technical hold” on resolutions four times earlier, saying it needed more to study the evidence which were not enough. It had placed the latest technical hold on March 13 on the resolution moved by France with the backing of the US and the UK, only to lift it on Wednesday.
Soon after the sanctions committee that deals with Al Qaida and its affiliates voted on Pakistan-based Azhar’s designation placing him under stringent sanctions that includes a freeze on his assets and travel restrictions, Pakistan announced it would comply with the mandate. In Islamabad, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that Pakistan “will immediately enforce the sanctions”, which entails “a ban on foreign travel, asset freeze and arms embargo”, according to Dawn newspaper online.
With IANS inputs