China blocks bid to list Azhar as global terrorist

Masood Azhar, chief of the Jaish-e Mohammad, addresses a press conference in Karachi on Feb 4 2000

China vetoes resolution in UNSC seeking ban on JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar

In a setback for India, China once again placed a technical hold on a proposal in the UN Security Council to ban terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar late Wednesday.

The Security Council Sanctions Committee will have 10 working days to consider the fresh proposal submitted by the three members. The no-objection period deadline was scheduled to end at 3.00 pm local time (New York) Wednesday, (12.30 am IST Thursday).

Several American think-tank members slammed China for its decision delaying the Azhar listing.

It further stated how China's non-cooperation has prevented any action by the worldwide community to enlist the leader of JeM, a proscribed and active terrorist organisation which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14.

China on Wednesday hinted that it may once again block the move, saying only "the solution that is acceptable to all sides" is conducive to resolve the issue.

The MEA further said that it will "continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice".

China recorded its "technical hold" with the "1267 sanctions committee" that aims to impose strictures against individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Beijing blocked the move for the fourth time on the ground that it needed more time to examine the sanctions request on Masood Azhar, diplomats said.

"We are grateful to all countries who supported the bid to designate Azhar as global terrorist", it said.

During his weekly briefing, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang responded to a question which asked what Beijing's position would be at the meet after India on Saturday appealed that all permanent members of UNSC should declare Azhar a terrorist.

The Chinese mission to the United Nations had told reporters it was attempting to uphold a "responsible attitude" and seeking to deal "with this issue with relevant parties via thorough consultation", news agency AFP reported.

Yet another attempt on the JeM chief's designation, led by the United States, France and Britain, has begun following the February 14 Pulwama auto bomb attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel. The unwavering Chinese stand in Pakistan's favour comes in the backdrop of U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs David Hale and India's foreign secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale holding foreign office consultations on Tuesday.

The State Department said in a statement that Pompeo affirmed that the United States stands with the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism. The United States is urging Pakistan to see the "urgency" of taking action against them.

The JeM, he said, has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.

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