Even after blocking India’s move to get the United Nation to ‘ban’ Pakistan-based terrorist Mazhood Azhar twice, China has now accused India of pursuing “political gains in the name of counter-terrorism,” media reported.
India has blamed Jaish-e-Mohammed for the terrorist attacks on the air force base in Pathankot in January and army base at Uri in September, and has put forward a move to cripple Azhar’s movement and funds, by asking UN to ban him. India wants Azhar to be added by the United Nations Security Council to blacklisted groups that are linked to al Qaeda or ISIS.
In April, China was the single country amongst 15 member-countries of the Security Council who vetoed the ban on Azhar. It was a six-month veto which it renewed for another three months, just days before it was to expire.
This comes in the context of Indo-US military ties strengthening, even as there is a rapid deterioration of Indo-Pak ties since the terror attacks in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir last month. “There should be no double standards on counter- terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism,” said China’s Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong at a press briefing.
The stake involved for China is China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), that’s in trouble following security concerns in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) since India conducted its surgical strikes on terrorist camps. Beijing’s response had been guarded at that time, but now China appears to send a clear message of its stand.
“China always maintains that on the listing matter, the 1267 committee should stick to the main principles of objectivity, impartiality and professionalism, base its judgments on solid evidence and decide upon consensus among the members of the Security Council,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a written reply to a question after it extended its technical hold, Times of India reported.
Last week, Vikas Swarup, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said that India would ask China to reconsider its stand, seen as a significant extension of support to ally Pakistan.
China also led a small group of countries in June that opposed India being made a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which has 48 members who trade in civil nuclear technology. Both moves are seen as Beijing’s extension of support to ally Pakistan.
In regards to this, Li said that, “These rules are not to be decided by China alone. On the issue, China and India have maintained good communication and we are ready to continue consultations with India to build consensus and we also hope India can go to other members of the NSG as well.”
This comes days before Chinese President Xi Jinping is supposed to attend BRICS conference in Goa on October 15-16.