China this week foiled a joint bid launched by India and the United States to place Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) deputy leader Abdul Rauf Azhar as a UN Security Council-designated terrorist. (UNSC).
Abdul Rauf Azhar, also known as Rauf Asghar and Abdul Rauf Asghar, is accused of carrying out several terrorist attacks against India. He is the brother of Chief Masood Azhar of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
Here is a timeline of how China is disrupting global counterterrorism efforts:
- 2009: After the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, India proposed a proposal for an independent terrorist designation against Masood Azhar, but China blocked this decision.
- 2016: After seven years, India is proposing Masood Azhar to be listed as a global terrorist and is backed by the US, UK and France. China again blocks the movement.
- 2017: The trio come up with a third proposal only to be blocked by China again.
- 2019: After attacks on CRPF staff in Pulwama of JK, India calls 25 envoys from different countries to highlight Islamabad’s role in financing, promoting and amplifying global terrorism. India submits the fourth proposal requiring Masood Azhar to be listed. China lifts technical blockage.
- June 2022: China has blocked a proposal by India and the United States to list Pakistan-based terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki as a “global terrorist”.
- August 2022: China blocks joint Indo-US proposal to list Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) deputy leader Abdul Rauf Azhar as a UNSC-designated terrorist.
Abdul Rauf Azhar was one of the masterminds behind the hijacking of IC-814 in 1999. He was also responsible for planning the 2001 attacks on Parliament. Under his orders, terrorists carried out attacks on security forces between 2014 and 2019, including terrorist strikes on Pathankot air base and military camps in Kathua, Nagrota and Sanjwan.
He is also named in the indictment of the 2019 Pulwama bombings, where 42 CRPF members died along with his brother Masood Azhar.
However, this is the second time in recent months that China has blocked India’s attempt to designate these terrorists as global terrorists.
China has previously undermined global efforts to combat terrorism and its effects on stability in the Southeast Asian region.
It is also in talks with Taliban leaders to promote its business interests such as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), despite the scorn of the currently ruling terror group. Afghanistan for women’s rights and human rights.
“It is regrettable that the sanctions committee was prevented from playing its role due to political considerations. China’s actions reveal its double talk and double standards when it comes to the international community’s common battle against terrorism,” a person familiar with the developments told News18.
(with contributions from Shalind Wangu)
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