Thursday, July 29, 2021

US, Germany Block China’s Anti-India Move At UNSC Over Karachi Attacks

The US  and Germany have come to India’s aid to defer a draft press statement denouncing the terror attack at the Karachi Stock Exchange at the UN Security Council (UNSC) reports the TOI.

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The US was the second nations after Germany to defer the statement. These are clear signs of solidarity with India writes TOI after Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and PM Imran Khan accused India of conducting Karachi attacks.

The press statement drafted by China according to TOI report read –  “the members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of Pakistan and all other relevant authorities in this regard.”

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China introduced the statement on Tuesday, and under a UNSC procedure, put it under “silence” until 4 pm, local time. The statement is a regular denunciation of a terror attack that is issued often by the UNSC. Under the silence procedure, if there is no objection until the deadline, it is deemed to be passed says the TOI report.

But Germany intervened at 4 pm and deferred in giving the statement. The Chinese UN delegation objected vociferously, saying the clock had actually moved past 4 pm when Germany intervened. The deadline was extended until 10 am July 1, says the TOI report.

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But as the new hour approached, the US mediated also at the last moment, to hinder the issuance, calling for yet another delay. Diplomats said the statement may finally get issued, but pushing back against China and Pakistan in the UNSC is being seen as a larger signal of global resentment.

Earlier, Pakistani PM Imran Khan told parliament on Tuesday he had ‘no doubt’ that India was behind an attack on the stock exchange building in Karachi a day earlier.

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Four gunmen armed with grenades attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi killing two guards and a policeman before security forces killed the attackers. India clarified on Monday it had nothing to do with the assault.

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