China blocks United Nations vote to blacklist Pakistani militant leader

China blocks United Nations vote to blacklist Pakistani militant leader

In yet another setback to India's bid to designate the Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief as a global terrorist, China Wednesday put a technical hold on the proposal in the UN Security Council to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack.

India has expressed disappointment in the outcome and said it will continue to pursue "all possible avenues to ensure terrorist leaders are brought to justice".

He leads the JeM, which has been designated by the United Nations as a terrorist organisation and "has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace", Palladino said during a news briefing in Washington.

The proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC was moved by France, Britain and the United States on February 27, but China put a technical hold on the decision for the fourth time.

As Indian Air Force jets pounded targets Balakot in February, China had called for calm and had said it was in touch with both India and Pakistan regarding recent tensions. Talking on "India's World: Modi Government's Foreign Policy", she stated that Pakistan needs to control the ISI and its army who are bent on destroying the bilateral relations time and again. "I said earlier that only a solution that is acceptable to all sides could fundamentally provide a chance of lasting solution to the issue". "If Imran Khan (Pakistan prime minister) is so generous and a statesman, he should give us Masood Azhar", she said. Indian products exported to China amounted to just $16.34 billion in 2017 as compared to Chinese exports worth $68.10 billion, according to official trade figures reported by the Times of India.

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In December 2001, Jaish fighters, along with members of another Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, attacked India's parliament, which nearly led to a fourth war between the two countries.

On her invitation to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting, she said India avenged the humiliation meted out to it 50 years ago by becoming the "guest of honour" at the OIC meet this year. Also, India's growing proximity to the USA, sheltering Dalai Lama, and Pakistan's role in China's One Belt One Road strategy are said to be the reasons for China's protecting Pakistan's interests.

Had the JeM chief been designated a terrorist by the United Nations body, Azhar would have been subjected to global sanctions that require United Nations member countries to not host, arm or finance him.

A day before the resolution, China reminded the United Nations that "a responsible solution" can come only through discussions. China blocking Masood Azhar's designation as global terrorist reaffirms Chinese position of being an inseparable ally of Pakistan.

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