China defends blocking US proposal to impose UN ban on JeM Chief Masood Azhar
In an unprecedented move, China on Wednesday defended its decision to block the US proposal in the UN for designating Pathankot attack mastermind and JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, saying the “conditions” have not yet been met for Beijing to back the move.
Addressing to media persons in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang stated that Beijing resorted to allow the “relevant parties” to reach a consensus while enlisting Azhar as a global terrorist,
“Last year 1,267 Committee of the UN Security Council discussed the issue regarding listing Masood (Azhar) in the sanctions list. There were different views with no consensus reached,” Lu said.
“China has put the request on technical hold, to allow the relevant parties more time to consult with each other. This is also in line with rules of the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the rules of the discussion of the Committee,” he added.
On January 19 this year, The US, supported by the UK and France , moved a proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist at the Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.
India blames Azhar for masterminding last year’s attacks on the Pathankot airbase and an Indian Army camp in Uri in September that left at least 19 soldiers dead.