China blocks India’s bid at UN to ban JeM leader Masood Azhar

Masood Azhar

China has blocked India’s take at the UN to ban JeM leader Masood Azhar, the mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack, blowing the IAF base on January 2nd.

Hours before the final decision was to be taken, China used their veto power to hold  the registration of the chief of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM),  on to the blacklist.

After the attack on the IAF base at Pathankot on January 2, India in February wrote to the UN calling for immediate action to list Azhar under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee.

India wrote to UN, supported by strong evidences of the group’s activities and their major role in the bombing at the Pathankot air base killing seven Indian officers.

India warned the UN Sanctions Committee that not blacklisting Azhar would introduce UN and other South Asian countries to threats from the terror group.

Sources said that the Indian lodgement was considered by the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) for technical aspects of the evidence provided. The technical team then with the full support of US, UK and France had sent it to all the members of the council.

It was openly announced that since there being no objections, the final call would be made after the deadline was crossed.

“However, hours before the deadline, China requested the committee to hold up the banning of the JeM chief,” the sources said.

According to private sources, the block on China came after ‘consultation’ with Pakistan which is a country not included in the UN committee.

The UN had banned JeM in 2001 but India’s efforts to ban Azhar after the Mumbai terror attack also did not fructify as China, one of the five permanent members of the UN group with veto powers, did not allow the ban apparently at the behest of Pakistan again.