China blocks US' move to designate Masood Azhar as global terrorist
A �technical hold� prevents the blacklisting which would freeze Azhar�s assets and ban his travel globally.
China has once again put a “technical hold” on a proposal at the United Nations to designate Masood Azhar, the chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group, as a global terrorist, media report said.
Three members of the UN Security Council, US, UK and France, had on January 19, the last day of the Barack Obama administration moved the proposal.
"Last time, China had blocked the proposal citing it as a matter between India-Pakistan…so, this time, it was decided that others should take the lead. But Beijing has once again put it on hold,” a source of The Indian Express told the newspaper.
In one of the first reactions from India, following the development, Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “We have been informed of this development, the matter has been taken up the matter with the Chinese government.”
Throughout 2016, China used a “technical hold” on a proposal at the UNSC resolution 1267 sanctions committee to put Azhar, who lives in Pakistan, added to a list of organizations and individuals that support the Al-Qaeda against whom action is ordered by the UN’s 15-member Security Council.
India has accused Masood for last year’s Pathankot air force base terror attack, which claimed lives of military personnel, and has effectively scuttled the dialogue process between India and Pakistan.