India furious as China blocks U.N. blacklisting of militant chief

by LOUIS CHARBONNEAU AND MICHELLE NICHOLS  |  published on April 2, 2016

A woman lights a candle during a memorial service in Mumbai, India, January 6, 2016 for the Indian soldiers killed in a militant attack at Pathankot air base. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

China has put a hold on India’s request to add the head of the Pakistani militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad to the United Nations’ al Qaeda-Islamic State blacklist, U.N. diplomats said on Friday, eliciting an angry reaction from the Indian government.

India accused Jaish-e-Mohammad of masterminding a fatal attack on the Pathankot air base in India in January. India had requested that its leader be added to a U.N. Security Council blacklist of groups linked to al Qaeda or Islamic State, the diplomats said, but China objected.

The Kashmir-based group Jaish-e-Mohammad has already been blacklisted by the 15-nation Security Council, but not its leader, Maulana Masood Azhar, an Islamist hardliner and long-time foe of India.

“We find it incomprehensible that while the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad was listed … as far back as 2001 for its well-known terror activities and links to al Qaeda, the designation of the group’s main leader, financier and motivator, has been put on a technical hold,” Indian government spokesman Vikas Swarup said in Washington.

  • Vietvet1968

    The Chinese say nothing and do nothing when it comes to terrorism. Of course the President would not call out the Chinese for South Seas terrorism, that would be politically incorrect.

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