After China Blocks Move To List Masood Azhar As Global Terrorist, Indians Trend #BoycottChineseProducts

India’s internet boycotts have been kind of weird lately. In an attempt to teach Snapchat a lesson, some of us ended up slamming Snapdeal, just because they shared the word ‘Snap’. And that bad habit reared its ugly head again when people started to downvote Microsoft Excel to protest against Surf Excel’s ad about communal harmony. But after a long time, desi Twitter’s outrage has taken a correct turn after China blocked India’s bid to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”.

On February 14th, a member of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a deadly attack in Pulwama, leading to the death of over 40 CRPF jawans. So, with France, UK, US and Germany’s backing, India attempted to make JeM chief Masood Azhar a “global terrorist”. But the proposal was denied by China.

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NDTV reported that China’s objection was made on technical grounds at the last hour before the deadline, after which the UN Security Council would’ve tagged Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”. The move would’ve put a block on Azhar’s assets, funds, travelling and purchase of arms. But that’s not possible now because Chinese diplomats have requested for more time to examine the sanctions request on Azhar.

This led to a widespread outrage on Twitter and netizens vowed to #BoycottChineseProducts to teach China a lesson.

The disappointment among Indians was echoed by the Ministry of External Affairs. According to India Today, their official statement in response to China’s move said that,

“We are disappointed by this outcome. This has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, 2019.”

The MEA added,

“We are grateful for the efforts of the Member States who moved the designation proposal and the unprecedented number of all other Security Council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors. We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice.”

NDTV reported that the UN had banned the Jaish-e-Mohammed in 2001. But due to China’s veto, India hasn’t been able to ban Masood Azhar. The block on Wednesday makes it the fourth time that the Chinese have put a hold on India’s efforts to proscribe the mastermind under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.

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