Washington, Nov 8: Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is a “bad guy” and should be declared a global terrorist, the United States said on Wednesday as China blocked another attempt to list Azhar as a designated terrorist. “We certainly think that he is a bad guy. We would like to have him on that list,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said at a press conference.
For the fourth time, China blocked a proposal blocked by the US, France, and Britain to list Masood Azhar a global terrorist. The country had cited lack of consensus among the members of the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council, PTI reported. (Also Read: JeM Chief Masood Azhar Vows to Step up Terror Attacks in Kashmir)
When asked about China’s move regarding designating Azhar a global terrorist, Heather Nauert said, “There are some committee discussions that are underway over whether to add him or the entity to the sanctions list. That list is confidential under the United Nations, so unfortunately, I am not going to be able to comment on the deliberations at the UN under that.” (Also Read: India, United States Mulling Options to Cut Through China’s Terror Shield)
“We consider the organisation to be a foreign terrorist organisation under the US law,” Nauert said. I’d have to refer you to the Chinese Government to explain why they voted the way they did, but we certainly think that this guy is a bad guy,” she further added. (Also Read: China Calls India Important Neighbour After Blocking Masood Azhar’s Designation as a Global Terrorist)
In February this year, China had blocked the US, France and UK-backed proposal to list Azhar as a global terrorist. In August, the country extended the ban by three months. China is the only country which has been opposing the proposal to designate Azhar in the list.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that JeM chief Masood Azhar has been holding rallies in Pakistan urging people to join the jihad in Kashmir. In an audio recording of a 105-minute long speech, Masood Azhar has threatened more attacks in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Azhar admitted that Jaish-e-Muhammed was behind the BSF camp attack in Srinagar and has been involved in various suicide attacks since its launch in the year 2000.