India criticizes China for thwarting UN sanctions on terrorists

NEW DELHI — India on Friday imposed United Nations sanctions sought by India and the United States on the deputy head of Jayshi-e-Mohammad, a Pakistan-based extremist group designated as a terrorist by the United Nations. He criticized the Chinese government’s decision to block it. organization.

Arindam Bagchi, a spokesman for India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said it was “disappointing 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. said.

In June, the Chinese Communist Party government withheld the addition of Abdul Rehman Makki, the deputy head of another UN-banned Pakistani terrorist group, Lashkaretaiba, to the UN blacklist.Makki November 2010 has been under U.S. sanctions since, and India says he is involved in financing, recruiting, radicalization of violent youth, and planning attacks, including the 2008 Mumbai attack. .

An Indian spokesperson said on Friday that there should be no double standards in dealing with terrorists. “The practice of placing holds and blocks without any justification must end. Listing proposals based on genuine evidence related to some of the world’s most notorious terrorists are pending. It is most regrettable,” Bagchi said in a statement.

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

The Chinese government has established strong friendly relations with Pakistan. Beijing is funding 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. The Chinese government said it lost at least four of his soldiers. The Chinese government routinely hides or falsifies information, so the actual number of casualties may be much higher.

Associated Press