Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

China blocks UNSC move to designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist

China blocks UNSC move to designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist

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. The no-objection period deadline ends 3 pm Wednesday (12:30am IST).

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. Beijing has thrice blocked the move by India and other United Nations members to designate Masood a global terrorist both lack of evidence and consensus on why it did so.

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.

The Ministry of External Affairs expressed its disappointment at the development. This has prevented action by the worldwide community to designate the leader of JeM. But China, which has vetoed similar moves in the past, reminded the UNSC on Monday that "a responsible solution" can come only through discussions.

Several previous attempts by these three countries inside the UN Security Council were blocked by China, the all-weather ally of Pakistan.

"The UN Security Council and its subsidiary bodies are run on strict rules.We already stressed China's position on the listing of terrorist organizations and individuals in the UN Security Council 1267 Committee on many occasions", Lu said.

Reportedly, China in its note to Security Council said it needed more time to examine the sanctions request targeting Masood Azhar.

France, US and United Kingdom had proposed the listing of Azhar as an worldwide terrorist and if no country raises any issue by March 13, Azhar will be put on the UN terror list.

Yet another attempt on the JeM chief's designation, led by the United States, France and Britain, has begun following the February 14 Pulwama vehicle bomb attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.

Just two days before the March 13 deadline on Azhar's listing, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.

The blocking of the resolution, jointly presented by the United States, United Kingdom and France, seems to have greatly disappointed New Delhi. Pakistan responded a day later with fighter jets crossing into India-administered Kashmir.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also recently denied in a television interview that JeM had claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

On Monday, India and the United States called on Pakistan to take "concerted action" to dismantle terror infrastructure and deny safe haven to all terror groups, reflecting the growing pressure on Islamabad to crack down on terror after the Pulwama suicide bombing.

Bolton said Qureshi assured him that Pakistan would deal firmly with all terrorists and will continue steps to deescalate tensions with India.

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