China may again block proposal to declare Azhar a global terrorist

SansadTV Bureau
File photo of Jaish E Mohammad chief Masood Azhar.

File photo of Jaish E Mohammad chief Masood Azhar.

China has once again hinted at blocking the UN Security Council bid to list Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. The government of India has strongly held its position against Azhar and his outfit.

India has accused Azhar of masterminding several acts of terror, including dastardly attack on the Pathankot air base earlier last year and 2001 attack on the Parliament House.

Dropping hint to scuttle the US, France and UK’s bid to list Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, China harped on its familiar stand that there was no consensus among the UN Security Council members. China enjoys veto in the UN Security Council.

Earlier as well, China had extended its technical hold on the proposal for three months this year August. It has blocked the move in February this year at the United Nations.

“We have made our position clear many times from this podium. The relevant resolutions of Security Council have clear stipulations as to the mandate of 1267 Committee and also clear stipulations when it comes to the listing of relevant organisations and individuals,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told media briefing in Beijing.

Replying to questions whether China will block the ban on Azhar again when the 1267 Committee of the UNSC takes up the issue on Thursday, Hua said “as for listing application by the relevant country, there are disagreements”.

Last year in March, China was the only member in the 15-nation United Nations organ to put a hold on India’s application with all other 14 members of the Council supporting New Delhi’s bid to place Masood Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.

China views Pakistan as its all-weather friend and has been backing its bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

(With inputs from PTI)