India has sought transparency in the U.N. procedures to designate a group or an individual terrorist. The demand comes days after China blocked its bid to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar a terrorist.

Background

The existing rules allow Security Council members to oppose any move in the sanctions committees in a clandestine manner and without offering any explanation. The sanctions committees can take decisions only unanimously, and this means any of the 15 members can veto a move. For instance, China put a ‘technical hold’ on action against Azhar, and India came to know only informally from members of the council.

The Security Council has Al-Qaeda, Taliban and Islamic State Sanctions Committees that can mandate international sanctions, which will require countries to freeze the targeted group’s or individual’s assets, ban designated individuals from travelling and prevent the supply of weapons, technology and other aid.

Earlier too, China delayed moves against the Pakistan-based terror groups such as the Jamaat-Ud-Dawa and the Lashkar-e-Taiba.