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QUESTION NO.1613 CHINESE TECHNICAL HOLD ON MASOOD AZHAR

March 16, 2017

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1613
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.03.2017

CHINESE TECHNICAL HOLD ON MASOOD AZHAR

1613. SHRI V. VIJAYASAI REDDY:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) how India looks at China second time blocking Masood Azhar’s name being added to the United Nation’s (UN) list of terrorists;

(b) under what "technical hold” China is taking shelter;

(c) whether India has failed to submit its proposal on time recently to include Masood Azhar in UN list of terrorists;

(d) how India is planning to go ahead in the light of Defence Minister of Pakistan declaring that Masood Azhar is dangerous to the society; and

(e) what options China have to convert its "technical hold” and the steps taken by India to persuade China not to use its veto on Masood Azhar ?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI M.J. AKBAR)

(a) to (e) In February 2016 Government approached the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee established under Resolutions 1267/1989/2253 with the proposal to designate Masood Azhar under the 1267 sanction regime. It was emphasized that while the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had been designated by the 1267 Committee as far back as 2001 for its well-known terror activities and links to the Al Qaeda, the Committee had not designated Masood Azhar who is the JeM’s main leader, financier and motivator. China who is a member of the 1267 Sanctions Committee, first sought a hold on a decision by the Committee and finally blocked the proposal on 29 December 2016. In January this year a fresh proposal to designate Masood Azhar has been made to the Committee by the United States, UK and France. China, has once again placed a hold on the proposal. As per the working guidelines of the 1267 Committee decisions are taken collectively on the basis of the consensus principle, no individual member of the Committee is required to provide a public explanation for its views.

Government has raised this issue with China, including at the highest levels, and has pointed out that China’s position on listing of well known terrorists under the 1267 Sanctions regime should be in consonance with its stated position on terrorism.

According to recent media reports, while answering a query on Pakistan’s decision to put Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT]/Jamaat-ud-Dawa [JuD] chief Hafiz Saeed under house detention in January this year, Pakistan’s Defence Minister is reported to have said that "Hafiz Saeed is a danger to our society also”.

Government is firmly resolved to take all necessary measures to defeat the scourge of terrorism and to ensure the safety and security of our citizens.

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