Geneva: Human rights activists denounce China blocking JeM chief Masood Azhar’s listing as ‘global terrorist’ at UNSC

Human rights activists in Geneva, Switzerland, have on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on China over blocking Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit chief Masood Azhar designated as a “global terrorist” at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), and hit out at Beijing for China’s “predictable” veto.

A  political activist, Jamil Maqsood from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) told ANI: “China has been using Pakistan as a proxy land for a long time. This is a part of a long term desire and plan by China to completely occupy land resources and state institutions of Pakistan. Pakistani policymakers are not retrospecting about possible repercussions of its implications globally.”

He claimed the Chinese policy depicts to be “very damaging for international peace, regional
peace and democratic aspirations of the people” in the region, according to ANI news reports.

The head of the international human rights council, Basheer Naveed, has termed Chinese move as a “very sad situation” and “very shameful.”

Naveed said “it was expected that China will veto it” as well as “media reports
had also predicted that China will veto it”. He told ANI, “It is very sad to see that a person (Azhar) who hijacked a plane and is conducting terrorist attacks in neighbouring countries is being protected. Why is China so interested in him?”

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The United States has on Tuesday urged China not to block Azhar from listed as a global “terrorist” at the UNSC meeting going to be held today with talks aimed at Azhar’s designation.

China has previously thrice blocked efforts to designate JeM, Pakistan based and backed terror outfit, claimed the responsibility of Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir which claimed the lives of 44 CRPF personnel on February 14, chief Azhar as a global terrorist at the UNSC.

According to ANI news reports, the US state department spokesperson Robert Palladino has on Tuesday stated: “… I would say that the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to the goal.”

Palladino further stated, “JeM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group, Azhar is the founder and the leader of JeM.”


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