China blocks UNSC from enlisting JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist

New York: China once again blocked the proposal to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist and sanction him in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday.

China was the only Security Council member to vote against the proposal to impose the UN sanctions on JeM chief.

The proposal under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC was moved by US, France and UK last month after JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack.

the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi expressed disappointment over the outcome.

“We are disappointed by this outcome,” Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said in a statement in New Delhi. “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 February 14, 2019.”

“We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice,” he added.

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

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