India criticizes China for blocking UN sanctions against extremists

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Friday criticized China’s decision to block the imposition of UN sanctions demanded by India and the United States against the deputy chief of the Pakistan-based extremist group Jaishe Mohammed. terrorist organization.

Arindam Bagchi, spokesman for India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: “It is regrettable that the international community has not been able to speak with a common voice on the collective fight against terrorism.

Abdul Rauf Azhar has been subject to US sanctions since December 2010 for acting for or on behalf of a group known as JEM. India has implicated Al-Azhar in planning and carrying out numerous terrorist attacks, including the 1999 hijacking of an Air India plane, the 2001 attack on the Indian parliament, and the 2016 attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot. He said that he was

An official with the UN mission in China, who was not allowed to speak publicly, said Wednesday that his country needed more time to investigate the case, so it decided to take steps to sanction the proposed sanctions. He said he had put Al-Azhar’s list on hold.

He said the UN Security Council committee that oversees sanctions allows a “hold” on those for whom sanctions are proposed.

In June, China withheld the addition of Abdul Rehman Makki, deputy head of another UN-banned Pakistani group, Lashkaretaibah, to the UN blacklist. Macchi said he has been under U.S. sanctions since November 2010, and India implicated him in financing, recruiting and radicalizing young people who resort to violence, and planning his 2008 attack in Mumbai. It says it does.

An Indian spokesperson said on Friday that there should be no double standards in dealing with terrorists. “The practice of setting holds and blocks without justification must end,” Bagchi said in a statement. I am most sorry to be here,” he said. .

Pakistan says it has outlawed more than 65 extremist groups, including Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkare Taibah.

China has built strong friendly relations with Pakistan. Beijing is financing mega projects worth tens of billions of dollars as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The package, which includes road construction, power plants and agriculture, is estimated to cost him up to $75 billion.

Relations between India and China have soured amid tensions caused by more than two years of standoffs between the two countries’ forces on the disputed border in the eastern Ladakh region.

The two countries station tens of thousands of soldiers supported by artillery, tanks and fighter jets along a de facto border called the Line of Control. In 2020, 20 of his Indian soldiers died in clashes with Chinese soldiers using clubs, stones and fists along the disputed border. China said it lost four soldiers.


This story corrects that the hijacking of the Indian Airlines plane was in 1999 instead of 1998.