Monday, 29 June 2015

China Blocks India Over Lakhvi Isssue at UNSC

Why in news?
  • China has blocked India's request at UN Security Council Sanctions Committee seeking a clarification from Pakistan on the release of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the terrorist belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba. China said that india gave insufficient information.
Who is Lakhvi?
  • The man behind 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai
India's contention
  • Freeing of the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander by Pakistan violates UN Resolution 1267 that deals with designated entities and individuals with links to al-Qaeda and that has listed Lakhvi since December 10, 2008. 

  • India had also made a reference to the bail money deposited for Lakhvi, since being listed as a terrorist he cannot give or receive funds.
Are other countries also opposing India?
  • The Chinese action is in contrast to broad support from countries such as the U.S. in asking Pakistan to rearrest Lakhvi. 
  • The U.S. State Department has released a report indicting Pakistan for not acting against the LeT. 
Why is China wrong?
  • Chinese decision to block Indian attempt belies its own stated commitment to fight terror, as reiterated in its joint statement with India following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to China in May 2015. 
  • This is also in line with earlier Chinese actions blocking or delaying India’s attempts at the UN to file separate proposals on Pakistan-based terrorists. 
  • China, which has itself faced terror attacks in Xinjiang province, should exert pressure on its “all-weather” friend to take action against sources of terror rather than buying Pakistan’s inconsistent reasoning that it is also a victim of terrorism. The twin-track, contradictory policy of the Pakistan establishment, especially its security wing, towards terror should not be lost on China.

India's stand
  • India has done the right thing in raising the Lakhvi issue in a multilateral forum, as it has done thus far in seeking justice for 26/11. 
  • A thorough case was built up against the apprehended gunman Ajmal Kasab, leading to his conviction. 
  • India sought cooperation from U.S. and Pakistan while diligently compiling proof of the involvement of the conspirators, including links in Pakistan’s security establishment. 
  • It is to be hoped that the External Affairs Ministry’s response to the Chinese action, making it clear that it would raise the issue at the highest levels of that government, would bear fruit. Terrorism is, after all, well-recognised by the U.S. and China as a global challenge.

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