China blocks India’s bid to blacklist JeM leader Masood Azhar

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China on Wednesday delayed a request by Britain, France and the United States to include Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leader Masood Azhar on the United Nation’s terror blacklist, diplomats said.

According to details, this is the third time that the UN Security Council has taken on the table a resolution to put Azhar’s name on the UN sanctions blacklist, subsequent to which he will have to face global travel ban and freeze of all wealth.

Moreover, it must be mentioned here that China has twice blocked in 2016 and 2017  attempts to impose sanctions on the JeM chief. The group itself was added to the terror list in 2001.

In a note sent to the council, China said it needed more time to examine the sanctions request targeting Azhar, diplomats said.

Beijing had reminded the UNSC on Monday that “a responsible solution” to the listing issue could come only through discussions.

It had urged the international community to also focus on the Kashmir dispute while making such demands. “China’s position on the designation of a terrorist by the 1267 Sanctions Committee is consistent and clear,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang had said when asked about China’s stand on the issue.

India claims that JeM has accepted responsibility for the February 14 attack in Indian-occupied Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops.

But Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi recently denied in a television interview that JeM had claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

India and Pakistan carried out air raids last month on their disputed Kashmir frontier in clashes that sent tensions soaring between the nuclear-armed countries.

India on February 26 claimed to have staged an air strike on a camp inside Pakistan that it said belonged to JeM, but Islamabad denied that any such facility had been targeted.