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Beijing reaffirms earlier stance: China blocks India at UNSC

Beijing reaffirms earlier stance: China blocks India at UNSC”

China has blocked a bid to designate the leader of the group behind an attack which brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war a terrorist.

India has been working the diplomatic channels at the United Nations, with the proposal to collar Azhar whose group JeM has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack that killed 40 Indian security personnel initiated by France, the UK and the US. The deadline for any country to seek clarification - the United Nations jargon for raising an objection - was 3 PM New York time Wednesday, which is 12.30 AM IST on Thursday. China's objection came an hour before the deadline, after which the resolution to tag him a "global terrorist" would have been considered adopted by the UN Security Council. The 15-member committee operates by consensus.

China blocking Masood Azhar's designation as global terrorist reaffirms Chinese position of being an inseparable ally of Pakistan. Following the Pulwama attack, whose responsibility was taken by terror outfit JeM, India once again approached the worldwide community to play its bid in order to ban Masood Azhar and list him as UN-designated terrorist.

In 2016 again India moved the proposal with the P3 - the United States, the United Kingdom and France in the UN's 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of the attack on the air base in Pathankot in January, 2016.

On the eve of the crucial decision by the UN Security Council, the Trump Administration on Tuesday made it clear that there is enough evidence against Azhar to designate him as a global terrorist.

In 2009, India moved a proposal by itself to designate Azhar.

While there was earlier dismay in India that Beijing did not condemn the terrorist attack "in Kashmir" in its statement on the Pulwama attack, New Delhi has taken note of the fact that China had backed the UNSC resolution condemning the terrorist attack in Kashmir.

"China will continue to adopt responsible attitude and participate in the deliberations in the UNSC 1267 Committee", Lu said on Wednesday. An assets freeze under the Sanctions Committee requires that all states freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities.

On Monday, India and the U.S. called on Pakistan to take "concerted action" to dismantle terror infrastructure and deny safe haven to all terror groups, reflecting the growing pressure on Islamabad to crack down on terror after the Pulwama suicide bombing.

Pressuring Pakistan to deliver on its counter-terrorism commitments and the move to designate Azhar a global terrorist figured in foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale's meeting with USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo. It also took credit for dialing down tensions between the two nuclear-armed states in the subcontinent, based on "extensive and in-depth communication with both parties".



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