Congress Targets PM As China Blocks Move On Masood Azhar Again: Highlights

Reacting to the development regarding Masood Azhar, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi expressed disappointment.

Congress Targets PM As China Blocks Move On Masood Azhar Again: Highlights

The proposal was the fourth such bid at UN in last 10 years to list Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

New Delhi:

China for the fourth time blocked a bid in the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist" by putting a technical hold on the proposal on Wednesday, a move India termed as disappointing. The proposal to designate him under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan. A diplomat said China asked for "more time to examine" the proposal. The technical hold is valid for up to six months and it can be again extended by up to three months. The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. Reacting to the development, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi expressed disappointment.

Here are the Highlights on China's move on Jaish chief Masood Azhar:

Mar 14, 2019 17:57 (IST)
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said the BJP cannot claim to have been tough on terror as Prime Minister Narendra Modi "surrendered" to China on Masood Azhar. He also said the NDA government had given Pakistan a "big victory" by not conducting the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir simultaneously with parliamentary polls. "PM Modi surrendered to China on Azhar and surrendered to Pakistan & its proxies by delaying elections in J&K. How can the BJP claim to have been tough on internal security and tough against terror?" Mr Abdullah, the vice-president of the National Conference, wrote on Twitter. He targeted Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad over his remarks on Congress president Rahul Gandhi who had criticised the prime minister for being "scared" of Chinese President Xi Jinping. "Mantri jee, your Government gave Pakistan a small victory when you postponed the Anantnag by-poll in 2017 and a big victory now that you''ve failed to conduct assembly elections. If anyone is giving Pakistan a reason to celebrate it isn't @RahulGandhi. Look closer to home sir," the former chief minister said. 
Mar 14, 2019 14:29 (IST)
China today defended its technical block to the UN resolution to declare Masood Azhar a global terrorist, saying it would give more time to all parties to find a "lasting solution" acceptable to all. "Our action is to make sure that the committee will have enough time to study the matter so that the relevant sides will have time for dialogue and consultation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India today. "Only a solution that is acceptable to all sides could fundamentally provide a chance for a lasting solution to the issue. China is ready to communicate and coordinate with all sides including India to properly handle this issue," he said. A strategic ally of Islamabad, Beijing had blocked the move to ban the Jaish-e Mohammed chief - who gets a free run in Pakistan -- thrice earlier over a 10-year period. The last ban in 2016 was also on technical grounds.
Mar 14, 2019 13:32 (IST)
Former ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale told news agency ANI that India must continue to work with China to convince them to remove Beijing's block on the global terrorist tag for Jaish-e Mohammad chief Masood Azhar. "If China opposes terrorism, it must allow this listing to go ahead. So many countries, including France, UK, USA have backed the resolution. It is only one country China which is still objecting to it," he said.
Mar 14, 2019 13:09 (IST)
Mar 14, 2019 12:49 (IST)
The US and India have asked Pakistan to take "tangible and irreversible action" against terrorist groups on its soil and deny safe haven to them to launch cross-border attacks, as Washington reiterated its firm support to New Delhi in the fight against terrorism. The US support came on the day when China for the fourth time blocked a bid to get Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council.

Mar 14, 2019 12:46 (IST)
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Rahul Gandhi's tweet after China blocks India's bid to designate JeM Chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist in UNSC 1267 list: Would the Congress party adopt a different voice even in case of a cruel killer and a global terrorist Masood Azhar?
Mar 14, 2019 11:26 (IST)
Senior Congress leader and former president of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee Arjun Modhwadia took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi today after China blocked a move by the UNSC to declare Mazood Azhar a global terrorist. "Mr Modi's dear friend and China's President Xi Jinping gave a great gift to him-- protecting Masood Azhar," he said on Twitter.

Mar 14, 2019 11:05 (IST)
The BJP reacted to Congress President Rahul Gandhi's tweet from earlier today in which had called PM Modi "weak". The BJP also alleged Mr Gandhi was "cosying up" with Chinese envoys secretly.

Mar 14, 2019 10:49 (IST)
The Congress has been attacking the BJP over Masood Azhar's release in exchange for passengers of a hijacked Indian plane. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tell the nation that it was a BJP-led government which released Azhar from an Indian jail in 1999. Azhar and two other terrorists, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, were released from an Indian prison in 1999 by the then BJP-led government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in exchange for the passengers held hostage on board flight IC-814 hijacked to Kandahar in Afghanistan.
Mar 14, 2019 10:41 (IST)
Mar 14, 2019 10:39 (IST)
The Congress also slammed China for blocking the move. Reacting to the development, Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said it was a sad day in the global fight against terrorism. "China blocking Masood Azhar's designation as a global terrorist reaffirms Chinese position of being an inseparable ally of terrorism's breeding ground -- Pakistan," he tweeted. "After 56 inch's 'hugplomacy' and the game of sitting on a swing also, the China-Pakistan duo is showing red eyes to India," Mr Surjewala added in a tweet in Hindi.

Mar 14, 2019 10:34 (IST)
The Congress slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after China blocked an initiative to tag Jaish-e Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist" by the UN Security Council. The party alleged Azhar was "let off the hook again by the BJP".

Mar 14, 2019 10:30 (IST)
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying Pakistan's "big brother" has protected Masood Azhar.

Mar 14, 2019 10:28 (IST)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi today attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi after China, for the fourth time, blocked an initiative to tag Jaish-e Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist" by the United Nations Security Council. Calling PM Modi "weak", Mr Gandhi alleged the prime minister was scared of Chinese president Xi Jinping. "Weak Modi is scared of Xi. Not a word comes out of his mouth when China acts against India," Mr Gandhi said on Twitter.