Terrorist Tag for Azhar
At a time when Chi has used its veto powers in the United tions Security Council to block Masood Azhar of Pakistan being called an intertiol terrorist or his Jaish-e-Mohammad as a terrorist outfit without giving ratiol reasons for doing so, France, another permanent member of the Security Council, has stated categorically that Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar should be desigted an intertiol terrorist, saying that there are “very strong arguments in favour” of such a move. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who was on a four-day visit to India, also sent out a veiled message to Chi without ming it, saying “the intertiol community’s determition to combat terrorism must be the same everywhere, regardless of the threat.” Pointing out that Masood Azhar’s outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad “is already included in the (Sanctions) Committee’s list of terrorist organizations,” he said in a PTI interview, “Therefore, there are very strong arguments in favour of listing its chief, as India has requested.” He gave this as the reason why France not only supported but also co-sponsored the Indian request at the Security Council. Unfortutely, there are two things wrong about the functioning of the UN Security Council. One is that each of its five permanent members has veto powers. Any positive action of the other four permanent members can be stalled by the veto power of one single member. The other is that the Security Council has only five permanent members with veto powers. Any intertiol organization of the size and responsibilities of the UN Security Council should have ten or more permanent members. The perpetuation of vested interests and veto powers have crippled the UN Security Council.