New Delhi: India slammed China for double standards on the fight against terrorism after the latter blocked a joint India-US proposal to list Pakistan-based top LeT militant Abdul Rehman Makki as a ‘global terrorist’ under a UNSC sanctions committee. Makki is the brother-in-law of UN-proscribed Lashkar-e-Taiba chief and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
India and the US have already listed Makki, deputy chief of LeT, as a terrorist under their domestic laws. The two countries had jointly proposed on June 1 to list him under the UNSC Al-Qaeda and ISIL Sanctions Committee, also known as the UNSC 1267 Committee.
China placed a“technical hold” on the proposal to list Makki, official sources said, adding that this measure (which can last for up to six months at a time) blocks the adoption of the listing proposal till the hold is withdrawn. China justified its hold saying its actions at the UNSC committee are always consistent with relevant rules and procedures.
This isn’t the first time that China has used its veto to put on “technical hold” the proposed listing of a wellknown terrorist. In the past, it had repeatedly blocked proposals to designate Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistan-based and UN-proscribed terrorist entity Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), as a ‘global terrorist’.
Government sources described the decision by China as “extremely unfortunate”. “China should reflect on its response that signals double standards on combating terrorism. Protecting wellknown terrorists from sanctioning in this manner will only undermine its credibility and risk exposing even itself more to the growing threat of terrorism,” said a source.