According to a report published in Times of India on April 4, a representative from a small trader business interest group— Confederation of all India Traders (CAIT) criticized China for blocking India’s application for including the name of the chief of militant group “Jaish-E- Mohamed”, Massod Azhar, in the United Nations Security Council blacklist. Moreover, they also threatened to boycott “made in China”. According to the Confederation, this decision will be ratified by voting in the National Traders Conclave being held from 4 April.
India accused “Jaish-E-Mohamed” for masterminding the Pathankot airbase shootout which happened in January this year in the state of Punjab and requested the UN Security Council to include his name in the sanctions blacklist which includes “Al-Qaeda” and “ISIS”. According to Indian Express, the Chinese representative in UN, Liu Jieyi, said that India’s request did not meet the requirements of UN Security Council.
On April 3, India’s “First Post” published a report stating that Urban Development Minister Naidu also criticized China’s approach. A day earlier, Indian government also expressed dissatisfaction over the issue. Reuters quoted Indian government spokesperson Vikas Swarup as saying that, “We think it is incomprehensible”.
Head of south and Central Asia research institute in Shanghai Institute of International Studies, Wang Dehua told this Global Times reporter that the definition of “terrorism” so far does not have a unified understanding. India is used to considering Pakistan’s armed forces in Kashmir as terrorist organizations but if other countries do not share this view or have doubts, it’s a normal thing.
BBC on April 3 said that India accuses Pakistan of supporting “Jaish-E-Mohamed” but Islamabad denies these allegations. According to NDTV, the main reason behind China postponing India’s application is due to Pakistan’s request. As per an AFP report, UN Security Council will have official discussion on the advancement of India’s application on April 20, which is when China will also make a final decision on its stand.
India’s problems with Pakistan always put China in a difficult position; it is not just the above problem. A report by India Today on April 3 showed videos of Chinese constructing underground tunnels and electrical installation in Pakistanin the vicinity of the “line of actual control”. These unconfirmed reports according to India Today were “a provocation towards India” and this customary view is shared by many in Indian media regarding China-Pakistan cooperation.