China's dissent on Azhar counters mutual goals

Masood Azhar who is in Pakistan is wanted in India for terror strikes including the suicide bombing in Kashmir

"We are grateful for the efforts of the Member States who moved the designation proposal and the unprecedented number of all other Security Council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors", it added. The no-objection period deadline was scheduled to end at 3 PM local time on Wednesday (12:30 AM IST on Thursday).

Hours before the United Nations can take up resolution to list Masood Azhar, China has hinted it may block the ban again. The 15-member committee operates by consensus. "This has prevented action by the worldwide community to designate the leader of JeM, a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in J&K on Feb 14".

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi said in a statement that Pompeo expressed his "understanding" of India's concerns regarding cross-border terrorism.

"We are disappointed. We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorists involved in attacks on Indian citizens are brought to justice", the MEA said. This has prevented action by the worldwide community to designate the leader of JeM.

China on Wednesday vetoed a resolution tabled by United States, Britain and France to add Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Maulana Masood Azhar on United Nations's blacklist, ARY News reported.

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. "China should not prevent the Committee from doing the job the Security Council has entrusted it to do", another security council diplomat told PTI in response to a question.

Beijing blocked the move for the fourth time on the ground that it needed more time to examine the sanctions request on Masood Azhar, diplomats said.

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Recently, China's Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou travelled to Pakistan and held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other officials.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) is expected to take up a resolution on March 13 that seeks to declare the JeM chief a global terrorist. China will continue to communicate and work with relevant parties in a responsible manner so as to properly resolve this matter.

Yet another attempt on the JeM chief's designation, led by the United States, France and Britain, has begun following the February 14 Pulwama vehicle bomb attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.

On Monday, India's foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale met USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo to press the terror issue.

In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, India launched a major diplomatic offensive against Pakistan, holding briefing for envoys of 25 countries, including those from the five permanent UNSC members - the US, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and France - to highlight Islamabad's role in using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

China's stand follows despite India and China slowly mending ties after a 73-day military standoff in 2017. "JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace", Palladino said. Jaish had taken responsibility for the suicide bombing.

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