China Continues to Block Bid to Declare Masood Azhar as Global Terrorist
China has blocked attempt to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM leader Masood Azhar a global terrorist.
The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan. The Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee members had 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal. Just before the deadline ended, China put a “technical hold” on the proposal seeking “more time to examine” it. This is the fourth time that China placed “technical hold” on Azhar’s listing at UNSC.
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