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NEW DELHI: Britain has put a roadblock on India’s efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammad founder Maulana Masood Azhar on the UNSC terror list. India’s request to put the JeM chief along with Lashar-e-Taiba intelligence chief Azam Cheema, who is an accused in the Mumbai train blasts, on the list has hit a hurdle after Britain asked for a confirmation of the evidence provided by India. China has also raised similar objections, but it is the British doublespeak that has angered India more and is being seen as an attempt by Britain to play both sides.

China, sources point out, has been consistent in its position of trying to block such bids. It was China’s opposition that had kept the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its chief Hafiz Mohammad Sayeed off the UNSC terror list for a long time. After the Mumbai terror attacks, even China could not block India’s renewed bid to proscribe the JuD as a Let front.

After getting the JuD proscribed in December, India had then move to put Maulana Azhar, who was released by India in exchange for hostages of the hijacked IC-814 flight, on the UNSC terror list. Since the Jaish e Mohammad and LeT are already proscribed by the UNSC, New Delhi had hoped that complications would not arise in getting the two on the list even though it anticipated opposition from known quarters.

However, it was certainly not anticipating Britain to seek more evidence. The British move is being seen as unpalatable considering that the UK has also been the target of a series of terror attacks.

The British themselves have tried to justify their move by saying that they want to ensure that India has a foolproof case against Masood Azhar and Cheema. But this explanation has failed to find any takers in New Delhi which is confident of the case it has against Masood Azhar, who is accused of masterminding the Parliament attacks, and Cheema, who is wanted for the Mumbai train blasts.

This episode has once again revived memories of Mr Miliband’s disastrous visit to India in January this year. Mr Miliband managed to kick up a diplomatic storm after he linked the resolution of the Kashmir issue to the Mumbai terror attacks. He was further accused of being arrogant during bilateral talks.

In spite of the road block, India will continue with efforts to get the two on the UNSC list of terrorists and terror organisations, which was set up through the “Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions” resolution (1267). Individuals and groups on this list are subjected to a travel ban, freezing of accounts and a travel ban.

India is keen to get the JeM chief on the UNSC list even though Pakistan has continued to express ignorance about his whereabouts. This is seen as one of the ways to put pressure on Pakistan. After the JuD was proscribed, Pakistan was forced to arrest Sayeed and take some preliminary action against the JuD, which had for long been operating as a charity organisation.

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Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has criticised the British tabloid that conducted a sting on Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali’s father Rafiq Qureshi.

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Kapur, who directed a soft drinks advertisement with the nine-year-old and Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman recently in Udaipur in Rajasthan, has slammed the media organisation for the report and suggested that the “British tabloid needs to be condemned for the sting operation”.

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“I just worked with Rubina, the little girl from Slumdog Millionaire and what a joy she was to work with… I had been reading about what was going on with her father’s alleged attempts to ‘sell’ her. I was aghast though at the sting operation done by that British tabloid, which, instead of being condemned worldwide, is being heralded as a great piece of journalism,” Kapur posted on his blog on Tuesday.

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“…What was the tabloid trying to do? Trying to push a father to name a price for his daughter’s adoption?…How dare they judge and manipulate other people and their moral predicaments from their comfortable colonial point of view. I would rather have them arrested for obscene suggestions and offers than the father for coming to the negotiating table,” he added.

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The online edition of the tabloid newsoftheworld.co.uk had reported that in a bid to escape slum life, Qureshi put Rubina up for adoption, demanding £200,000 from the organisation’s undercover reporters posing as a wealthy family from Dubai.

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Tabloid newsoftheworld.co.uk Rubina Ali Cover Story


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