China vetoes United Nations move on Azhar

Masood Azhar

India, backed by the United States, has been trying to get Maulana Masood Azhar on a U.N. list of groups with ties to Al Qaeda, blaming his group for a series of attacks in India, including one on its parliament in 2002 and another previous year on an airbase.

China had in August extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK-backed proposal to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations after having blocked the move in February this year at the UN.

China at the United Nations officially blocked the long- pending move of the US, France and Britain to designate Azhar as a terrorist by the UN Security Council.

The comment came as the China's technical hold was set to lapse on Thursday.

A day after China hinted at blocking resolution declaring Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, defence experts on Tuesday said that Beijing is trying to please Pakistan. India, however, says China is the only one among 15 members of the committee that has opposed the listing.

The Chinese spokesperson made it clear that they had proposed the technical hold so that more time was given to the committee for deliberations and to all relevant parties for further consultations.

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"China always maintains that on the listing matter, the 1267 Committee [Security Council Committee] shall uphold the principle of objectivity, impartiality and professionalism, and make its decisions by consensus among its members on the basis of solid evidence", Hua added. China's actions are meant to ensure that we safeguard the authority and effectiveness of this committee and we will continue to follow the mandate of the committee and rules of procedure, and remain in constant communication and coordination with all members of the committee. A second three-month hold was placed in August under the committee's rules that allow members to seek more information. The committee is yet to reach the consensus. "It is a fact that the committee is yet to reach agreement".

"We are deeply disappointed that once again, a single country has blocked global consensus on the designation of an acknowledged terrorist and leader of UN-designated terrorist organization, Masood Azhar", said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

On Thursday, the country rejected the move stating "there is no consensus" on Masood Azhar's role in terror attacks in India.

Another defence expert, Kamal Mitra Chinoy said that China is using Masood Azhar to help Pakistan put pressure on India.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Monday the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council was still in disagreement over approving the application.

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