Failure to designate Masood Azhar as global terrorist against regional stability: US to China

State Department Deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said China’s Opposition to the move goes against the mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace.

Written by March 13, 2019 18:28

New Delhi: The United States has said that Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar meets the criteria to be designated as a global terrorist by the UN.

State Department Deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said China’s Opposition to the move goes against the mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace.

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino’s significant remarks came on the eve of a crucial decision by the UN Security Council on listing Azhar as a global terrorist.

Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), headed by 50-year-old Azhar, has 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.

No consensus: China defends blocking India's bid to list Masood Azhar as global terrorist

In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, three permanent members of the UNSC — the US, Britain and France — have moved a resolution to designate Azhar as a global terrorist under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council. All eyes are on China, which has in the past blocked India’s bids to get Azhar listed as a UN-designated global terrorist.