Ignoring global outrage, China has again blocked a fresh attempt by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
China reportedly put the proposal on a “technical hold” and has sought more time to examine the proposal. This is now the fourth consecutive time China has used its veto to prevent such a move.
This move to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist came in the wake of the Pulwama terror organisation masterminded by his organisation the JeM. It has been reported that more than 10 nations had supported India’s bid to put sanctions on Masood Azhar.
China has single-handedly been blocking Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist at the UNSC committee for a decade now. In fact, China had hinted earlier in the day that it may block the move, stating that the solution that is acceptable to all sides is conducive to resolve the issue.
Recently, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou had travelled to Pakistan and held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other officials.
Confirming the development, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “1267 Sanctions Committee, upon completion of the no-objection period on 13 March 2019, was not able to come to a decision on the proposal for listing Mohammed Masood Azhar Alvi under the UN Sanctions regime, on account of a member placing the proposal on hold.”
It further stated how China’s non-cooperation has prevented any action by the international 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.
Thanking the member states who moved the designation proposal and all other Security Council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors, the MEA said that India will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who were involved in heinous attacks on its citizens were brought to justice.