China blocks bid to ban Masood Azhar: Rahul calls Narendra Modi 'weak', BJP says it's undoing Gandhi family's mistakes

Following reports of China blocking a bid at the UN to designate the chief of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, Masood Azhar, as a 'global terrorist', Congress president Rahul Gandhi and India's permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin were among many who hit out at the BJP-led government.

FP Staff March 14, 2019 10:35:27 IST
China blocks bid to ban Masood Azhar: Rahul calls Narendra Modi 'weak', BJP says it's undoing Gandhi family's mistakes
  • Rahul Gandhi and Syed Akbaruddin were among many who hit out at the BJP-led government following reports of China blocking a bid at the UN to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist

  • This is the fourth time that China has blocked the move

  • The proposal to designate Azhar was moved by France, the UK and the US on 27 February

Following reports of China blocking a bid at the United Nations to designate the chief of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, Masood Azhar, as a "global terrorist", a war of words broke out between the BJP and Congress.

While Congress president Rahul Gandhi has alleged that Modi's foreign policy has been a series of "diplomatic disasters", the BJP has said that it is "undoing all the mistakes" of the Gandhi family. The opposition party also slammed China over the development.

This is the fourth time that China has blocked the move. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on 27 February, days after a JeM suicide bomber killed at least 42 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.

Rahul on Thursday tweeted:

The BJP in response tweeted:

Additionally, Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad attacked Rahul over his tweet in a press conference on Thursday. Among other criticisms, the law minister accused Rahul of being "happy" when "the whole country is pained by China's move".

His comments were supported by BJP leader Ram Madhav, who accused Rahul of "speaking against India."

"It's a setback for our fight. Barring China, the whole world is standing with us, everyone criticised them for blocking the move to ban Azhar," he was quoted as saying by CNN-News18.

Congress launches combined attack

Rahul Gandhi's claims in his tweet were backed up by various other Congress leaders:

The Congress also released separate statements against the prime minister on its official Twitter handles:

In addition, a few other Opposition leaders have also responded to the development:

Meanwhile, Syed Akbaruddin, India’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations, thanked the nations who supported the motion to designate Azhar a "global terrorist."

Following China's block, responsible UNSC members have warned they "may be forced to pursue other actions" at the Security Council if Beijing continued with this policy.

With inputs from PTI

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