National interests are taking precedence over international issues like terrorism. Comment.

China has recently lifted its ban or technical hold to designate Masood Azhar as an international terrorist as per the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UNSC. This proved to be a high point for the diplomatic efforts of India. The records of both China and Pakistan are notable in condemnation of terror attacks across the world. China had repeatedly refused to get Azhar listed as an international terrorist despite also receiving enough proof from the diplomatic mission of India. Although on his home front, any person who shows dissent against the state is called a terrorist. This gives the administration of China a completely free hand for suppressing any dissent. Even Pakistan has acted irresponsibly by not acting against Azhar. India was also not able to ensure Pakistan�s responsibility completely as under the Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts. This was primarily due to the presence of some systematic loopholes which are present in these Articles. I was the lack of evidence in the designation of Azhar as the mastermind behind the Pulwama and Pathankot attacks reduced the responsibility from Pakistan. China enjoys heavy diplomatic clout at the UN. Global challenges like terrorism require cooperation at the global level.

Published: June 17, 2019 | Modified:October 15, 2020

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