India has come down heavily on United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for taking months to consider sanctioning leaders of groups it has itself designated as terror entities.
India was referring to the “technical hold” on its bid to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin slammed the Council saying it is stuck in its own “time warp and politics.”
He also criticised the slow pace and “never-ending carousel of discussions” on UNSC reforms. He added that it is time to urgently reform the body that is “unresponsive” to the current global situation.
He noted that international community is paying the price for the lack of progress on the critical matters such as humanitarian situations, terrorist threats and peacekeeping vulnerabilities.
It must be noted that China had extended the “technical hold” on India’s move to get Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN, earlier this year.
On March 31 this year, China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, had blocked India’s move to put a ban on the JeM leader under the Sanctions Committee of the Council. Unsurprisingly, China had sought another three-month extension on India’s bid.
China was the sole member in the 15-nation UN organ to put a hold on India’s application with all other 14 members of the Council supporting New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the 1,267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.
With the support of 14 UNSC members, coupled with no further objection from China, could have easily designated Azhar as a terrorist.
India is not alone in its bid to get Azhar listed as the US, UK and France had “co-sponsored” the resolution seeking Azhar’s listing.