- Pakistan was hoping to get Dongara listed as a global terrorist by the UNSC with support from China.
PAK HAS BEEN TRYING SINCE LAST SEPTEMBER
- The US had in September last year put the proposal on a technical hold, expecting Pakistan to produce more evidence to prove its allegations against Dongara. With fresh evidence not forthcoming, Pakistan still insisted on his listing by the Sanctions Committee.
NOT JUST DONGARA, BUT 3 OTHERS AS WELL
- According to Indian government sources, Islamabad had almost “on the bounce” prepared a “fictional” dossier on Dongara accusing him of financing terror attacks and linking him with groups like Tehreek-iTaliban Pakistan.
- This was followed with similar allegations against 3 other Indian nationals who were working with an Indian firm in Afghanistan.
- All of them have since returned to India.
- US had formally informed all members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday that it was officially blocking, and thus terminating, a proposal to proscribe an Indian national by the UNSC 1267 sanctions committee.
- If Pakistan still chooses to target Dongara, it will have to seek a new proposal.
PAK WAS INITIALLY USING KULBHUSHAN JADHAV
- Pakistan had for years claimed that there was no “solid evidence” against Azhar and used Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to back its allegations that India was aiding anti-Pakistan terror groups.
- But since Pak was unable to prove anything against Jadhav, Islamabad launched fresh efforts to prove that India also harboured terrorists.
Why Pak was targeting India?
- After the UN ban on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, Pakistan’s wanted to draw a moral equivalence with India on the issue of cross-border terrorism which has been nullified by the US.
EVEN CHINA WASN’T IN FAVOUR OF LISTING AZHAR AS TERRORIST
- China had on 4 occasions earlier blocked the proposed ban on Azhar before finally falling in line with other UNSC member states in 2019.
INDIA’S REPLY “
- We do hope Pakistan will learn a lesson from this and not insist on a ban on other Indian nationals it has falsely linked with terrorism,” he added.
US SUPPORTED INDIA
- The US action has again underscored the significance of Indo-US cooperation on the issue of cross-border terrorism in all its forms.
US SUPPORTED INDIA
- It is important to recall here that even the ban on Azhar last year by UN was made possible after the US gave an ultimatum to China that if the latter didn’t drop its opposition by a certain date (April 23), the same proposal would be directly introduced in UNSC, bypassing the 1267 committee.