India said Friday it was “disappointed” by a technical hold put on its move at the UN to designate Mohamad Masood Azhar, the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief, under a Security Council resolution.
“We find it incomprehensible that while the Pakistan based JeM was listed in UN Security Council Committee established under UNSCR 1267/1989/2253 as far back as 2001 for its well known terror activities and links to the Al Qaeda, the designation of the group’s main leader, financier and motivator has been put on a technical hold,” India said in a statement
The statement issued by MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup did not, however, mention China, which had put that “technical hold” in the final moments of the process on Thursday.
But minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju has not only named China but slammed it saying, “What China has done was not good. The ministry of external affairs will take an appropriate action. Whatever action is required, we will take.”
If the designation had gone through, Azhar would have had his assets frozen by all UN member nations, who would also have had to deny him entry or transit through their territory.
In effect, Pakistan, where he stays, would have had to freeze his funds, and throw him out, neither of which it has been willing to do despite mounting evidence of his role in spreading terrorism.
Jaish-e-Mohammad carried out a deadly attack on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, Punjab in January killing seven security personnel.
Referring to the attack, India said in the statement it “has shown that India continues to bear the dangerous consequences of not listing Masood Azhar “.
“Given the global networking of terrorist groups, this has implications for the entire international community.”
China has defended its decision saying it was based on “facts” and “procedure”. And that it did not have all the facts it needed to clear the move to designate the terror chief.
But India was not buying that clearly. “This does not reflect well on the determination that the international community needs to display to decisively defeat the menace of terrorism.”