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India expresses concern over China Support to Masood Azhar at UN

Our  Correspondent / New Delhi


MEA swarupIndia has expressed deep concern over China blocking a proposal at United Nations to list Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in New Delhi that Chinese action confirms prevalence of double standards in the fight against terrorism.

He said the decision by China was surprising as China too has been affected by the scourge of terrorism and has declared opposition to all its forms. As a consequence of China’s decision, the UN Security Council has again been prevented from acting against the leader of a listed terrorist organization.

China blocked the proposal to list Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council which had been presented nine months ago and had received the strong backing of all other members of the Committee.

The External Affairs Ministry said the international community is aware that the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed which is proscribed by the United Nations, has been responsible for innumerable terrorist attacks on India including the Pathankot Air Base attack. India said, the inability of the international community to list its leader Masood Azhar is an unfortunate blow to the efforts to counter all forms of terrorism.

India had expected China to be more understanding of the danger posed to all by terrorism and to join India and others in fighting terrorism. New Delhi says it will continue to push forward with resolute determination through the use of all options available to bring terrorists to justice.

UN Chief calls for impartial probe in killings of 2 Afro-Americans

ban ki moonUN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today called for an “impartial” probe into the fatal police shootings of black men this week in the US. He also condemned the subsequent killing of five police officers in Dallas, saying there is no justification for such violence.

Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, said those responsible for the killings of the five police officers during a rally in Dallas yesterday “compounded the suffering that many in the United States feel following the killing of two African-American men over two days.

Chair of the UN expert panel on people of African descent Ricardo Sunga also condemned the killings of the two African-American men by police, saying the incidents demonstrate “a high level of structural and institutional racism”.

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