China again blocks move at UN to declare Masood Azhar as global terrorist -
China again blocks move at UN to declare Masood Azhar as global terrorist
Posted 14 Mar 2019 12:36 PM


In yet another setback to India’s bid to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, China on Wednesday put a technical hold on a proposal in the UN Security Council to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) attacked CRPF convoy martyring 44 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, flaring up tension between India and Pakistan.

The Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee members had 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal.
Just before the deadline, China put a “technical hold” on the proposal, a diplomat at the UN told PTI.
The diplomat said China asked for “more time to examine” the proposal.

Reacting to the development, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi expressed disappointment.
“We are grateful to all countries who supported the bid to designate Azhar as global terrorist,” it said.
The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.
The Committee makes its decisions by consensus of its members.

All eyes were on China, which has in the past blocked India’s bids to get Azhar listed as a UN-designated global terrorist thrice.

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