India says disappointed with outcome, as China blocks UN’s move to designate Masood Azhar as global terrorist

India’s bid to get Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by the UN Security Council was once again blocked by China as it placed a “technical” hold on the resolution on Wednesday.

Written by March 14, 2019 09:11

New Delhi: India’s bid to get Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by the UN Security Council was once again blocked by China as it placed a “technical” hold on the resolution on Wednesday. This is the fourth time that China has blocked the resolution against Azhar since 2009.

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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 the Pulwama terror attack carried out by a suicide bomber belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) that led to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.

In a statement, the ministry of external affairs said it was disappointed by the outcome.

“This (technical hold) has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a proscribed and active terrorist organisation which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019,” it said.

Vowing to continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice, the MEA said it was grateful for the efforts of the member states who moved the designation proposal. It said it had received unprecedented support from Security Council members as well as non-members, who joined as co-sponsors.