In an apparent snub to India, Chinese authorities have warned that no country should use counter-terrorism as a tool for “political gains”. The statement comes in the wake of India’s attempt at getting Chinese help to declare Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar a UN-designated terrorist. Jaish-e-Mohammad is already a UN-designated terrorist organisation.
Indian authorities have been trying to persuade China in this regard but the latter have opposed it in the UN Security Council, even as the Indian proposal has the backing of countries like US and Russia. PTI quoted China as saying, “No one should pursue ‘political gains in the name of counter-terrorism’.
Ban on Azhar will expectedly come up for discussion during the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India for the BRICS Summit. PTI today reported China as saying that it is “ready” for talks with India on its entry into the NSG but defended extending a hold on India’s bid for a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar, saying Beijing is opposed to anyone making “political gains in the name of counter-terrorism”.
Briefing reporters on Xi’s visit to India this week, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong said there was a need to build consensus over the admission of new members in the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Replying to a question on criticism about China’s move to stall India’s bid for a UN ban on Azhar, Li sought to justify Beijing’s recent technical hold in the matter, saying: “China is opposed to all forms of terrorism. There should be no double standards on counter-terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism,” he said in a veiled reference to India, which is pressing for the UN ban against Azhar over his role in the Pathankot terror attack.
(With PTI inputs)