Positive progress made on listing Masood Azhar as global terrorist: China

Beijing: China said on Tuesday that on designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, “positive progress” had been made. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also said the problem would be “properly resolved”. However, no specific timeline was mentioned.

China put a technical hold in March on a fresh proposal to impose a ban on the head of Pakistan-based JeM which claimed responsibility for the deadly Pulwama terror attack. It was for the fourth time, China blocked Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist by the U.N.

“I can only say that I believe that this will be properly resolved,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing in Beijing.

“At present, the relevant consultations are underway in the 1267 Committee. Within the framework. And positive progress has been made. We believe in the joint efforts of all parties. This problem can be properly solved,” he added, PTI reported.

He was responding to queries on the media reports that China has purportedly consented to lift its technical hold on a fresh proposal moved by France, the UK and the US to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.

According to reports, the US, the UK and France this time have stepped up pressure on Beijing by taking the issue directly to the powerful UN Security Council (UNSC).

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