India on Thursday appealed to the United Nations to list Masood Azhar as a terrorist. MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “We convey to UN that it is expected to proscribe Masood Azhar as a terrorist, if it fails to act, it will send a dangerous message.” China backing Azhar can be seen as China’s backing of Pakistan. He further said, “It is expected to proscribe Masood Azhar under the 1267 sanctions regime, on the basis of our submission, which will send a strong signal to all terror groups that the international community will not pursue or tolerate selective approach to terrorism.” Beijing, last Saturday, said that its technical hold on India’s move to get Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar listed as a terrorist by the United Nations has “been extended”, two days before expiry of the hold.
The Chinese technical hold was set to expire on Monday, and that would have cleared the way to take forward the process to list Azhar — accused in the Parliament terror attack case and, more recently, the Pathankot attack — as a global terrorist. The hold has now been extended for another three months. On March 31 this year, China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, had blocked India’s move to put a ban on Azhar, under the sanctions committee of the council. China was the only member in the 15-nation UN organ to put a hold on India’s application — all others supported New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.
When asked about his reactions on Nawaz Sharif hailing Burhan Wani in Pakistan Parliament, Swarup said, “Pakistan has once again self implicated itself.”