China blocks move to declare Masood Azhar a global terrorist at UN

BEIJING, MARCH 14: China has, for the fourth time, blocked an effort at the UNSC to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed cief Masood Azhar a global terrorist.

This, after the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation claimed the suicide attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14 that killed 40 jawans.

The MEA, in its first reaction after the outcome at the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee said"We are disappointed by this outcome. This has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019."

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 al-Qaida sanctions committee of the UN Security Council was moved byFrance, UK and the US on February 27 .

China, a veto-wielding member of the UNSC, has blocked the move by India and other member nations three times in the past to designate Azhar.

China has been dropping enough hints that it would once again stall the efforts to ban Azhar.

Recently, China's vice foreign minister Kong Xuanyou travelled to Pakistan and held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other officials.

India on Saturday said all UNSC members were aware about the JeM training camps and the presence of terror group's chief Masood Azhar in Pakistan, and urged them to designate him as a global terrorist.

The JeM, headed by the 50-year-old Azhar, carried out many terror strikes in India and was involved in the attack on Parliament, the Pathankot air force base, army camps in Jammu and Uri. It also claimed responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama suicide attack which left 40 CRPF personnel dead.  


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