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Once Again, China Blocks Terror Listing for Masood Azhar listing in UN

14 March, 2019, 08:13 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Demonstrators gathering in front of the British Council & UNICEF West Bengal Office demanding U.N. action against Pakistan and the perpetrators of the Pulwama terrorist attack on Feb. 19 2019

"China's move to hold the listing is inconsistent with its own stated goals of combatting terrorism and furthering regional stability in South Asia", said the diplomat, requesting not to be named given that the deliberations of the United Nations sanctions committee are confidential, thus preventing member-countries from talking about it in public.

A U.N. Security Council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that if China continued to prevent the designation of Azhar then other council members "may be forced to pursue other actions at the Security Council".

In the aftermath of the Pulwama terrorist attack, three permanent members of Security Council - the US, France and the United Kingdom - had moved a resolution to designate Azhar a glocal terrorist.

Pakistan-based Muslim cleric Masood Azhar founded the group after he was released by India in 1999, one of three men set free in exchange for the crew and passengers of an Indian Airlines plane hijacked and flown to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

In case Azhar gets listed as a global terrorist, a ban on his travel and his assets would be imposed, rendering his operation hard. India in 2009 had moved a proposal by itself, and with the US, UK and France in 2016 after an attack on the Uri air base in Pathankot in January that year.

The travel ban entails preventing the entry into or transit by all states through their territories by designated individuals. Germany pledged to be a co-sponsor to the proposal late on Wednesday. The unwavering Chinese stand in Pakistan's favour comes in the backdrop of U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs David Hale and India's foreign secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale holding foreign office consultations on Tuesday.

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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.

According to the State Department, Pompeo reiterated that the USA would stand with the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism.

The proposal was the fourth such bid at the United Nations over the last decade to designate Azhar a global terrorist.

Pompeo and Gokhale "discussed the importance of bringing those responsible for the attack to justice and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil", according to a statement by Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino.

The ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee (1267 Sanctions Committee), upon completion of the no-objection period on 13 March 2019, was not able to come to a decision on the proposal for listing Mohammed Masood Azhar Alvi under the UN Sanctions regime, on account of a member placing the proposal on hold, MEA noted in a statement. "A sad day in the global fight against terrorism".

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also recently denied in a television interview that JeM had claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. "Only by making a decision through responsible and serious discussions can we resolve the issue in a sustainable manner", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said during a media briefing on Masood's issue.

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