China defends blocking Masood Azhar terror listing
  • venynxvenynx March 15
    China on Thursday sought to defend its fourth technical hold at the UN
    Security Council + to block the designation of Pakistan-based JeM chief
    Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, saying it would help the parties
    concerned to engage in more talks to find a "lasting solution"
    acceptable to all.To get more News in China, you can visit shine news official website.

    The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions
    Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the
    US + on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the
    Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's
    Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.

    The Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee members had 10 working days to raise
    any objections to the proposal. Just before the deadline ended, China
    put a "technical hold" on the proposal seeking "more time to examine"

    The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

    Asked why China once again resorted to block the move, foreign ministry
    spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here that Beijing's decision is
    in line with the rules of the committee.

    China "sincerely hopes that relevant action taken by this committee will
    help relevant countries to engage in dialogue and consultation and
    prevent adding more complicated factors into regional peace and
    stability," he said.

    "As to the technical hold at the 1267 Committee our action is to make
    sure that the committee will have enough time to study the matter so
    that the relevant sides will have time for dialogue and consultation,"
    Lu said.

    "Only a solution that is acceptable to all sides could fundamentally
    provide a chance for a lasting solution to the issue. China is ready to
    communicate and coordinate with all sides including India to properly
    handle this issue," he said.

    India on Wednesday expressed disappointment soon after China put a technical hold on designating Azhar.

    The external affairs ministry in New Delhi said India will continue to
    pursue all available avenues to ensure that leaders of terror groups
    involved in heinous attacks on Indian citizens are brought to justice.

    "This has prevented action by the international community to designate
    the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist
    organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack
    in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14," the MEA said.

    Without naming China, it said the UN's 1267 Sanctions Committee was not
    able to come to a decision on the proposal for listing Azhar on account
    of a member placing the proposal on hold.

    To another question on the Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Narendra
    Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping last year to improve the bilateral
    relations, Lu said, "Xi and Modi met four times. Particularly Wuhan
    summit made great progress. China is full of sincerity and ready to work
    with India to build on the consensus of our leaders for greater
    progress in the bilateral relations."

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