Terrorism In India ?? A Blazing Sword

Suspected terrorist group for the recent Pathankot attack, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) is being talked about quite a lot these days. Functioning under the guidance of Masood Azhar, the primary aim of Jaish-e-Mohammed is to separate the state of Jammu and Kashmir from India which is also the reason behind a number acts of terrorism in the country, specifically in Jammu and Kashmir.

Known to be functioning since year 2000, Jaish-e-Mohammed is an Islamic terrorist group from Kashmir. Jaish-e-Mohammed stands for “The Army of Muhammad”. In B. Raman’s opinion, Jaish-e-Mohammed is the “deadliest” and “the principal terrorist organization in Jammu and Kashmir”. In addition to this, JeM has also been designated as an organization spreading terrorism by Australia, Canada, India, the UAE, the UK, the US, and the UN. It has also been banned in Pakistan since 2002 yet tends to operate several facilities within the country illegally.

With so much havoc regarding the recent acts of terrorism, a new update about Jaish-e-Mohammed has spurred the rage within the citizens of India. China, soon after becoming the head of the United Nations (UN), has denied Masood Azhar’s qualification as a “terrorist” to face the UN sanction justifying his case which “did not meet” the Security Council’s requirements. China placed a ‘technical hold’ on India’s proposal at the UN to ban the Jaish-e-Mohammed head which further agitated India having faced a similar incident earlier.

Previously in July 2015, China had stopped India’s idea of taking action in the UN against Pakistan for having released Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the master planner behind Mumbai terror attack. According to China, this decision was “based on facts and in the spirit of objectiveness and fairness”.

Even tormenting was Beijing’s support towards China in respect of the ‘technical hold’. In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hong Lei favored China quoting, “We always deal with the listing issue (banning militant groups and their leaders) under the UN Security Council committee established under resolution 1267 based on facts and relevant rules of procedures in an objective and just manner. The Chinese side has always been in communication with relevant parties on the listing issue.” His statement seemed to certify that both Beijing and China were in touch with India on the issue of terrorism.

With all this going on, India seems to be under a severe threat of terrorism, a situation where its voice for help and protection is going unheard. Hopefully the ‘technical hold’ would soon be released, thereby releasing the stress and trauma of the Indian citizens.

– Nimisha Bhardwaj