New Delhi: China has yet again blocked India’s bid to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist in United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 1267 list.

Masood Azhar is the chief of Pakistan-based United Nations listed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the group that took responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama terror attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir.

China has single-handedly been blocking Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist at the UNSC committee for a decade now. In fact, China had hinted earlier in the day that it may block the move, stating that the solution that is acceptable to all sides is conducive to resolve the issue.

More than 10 countries had joined India as co-sponsors endorsing the inclusion of the JeM chief in this list, the latest being Germany. Until now, all the P-3 countries- US, UK and France have co-sponsored the proposal except for China.

Recently, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou had travelled to Pakistan and held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other officials.

MEA releases statement:

Confirming the development, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “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.”

It further stated how China’s non-cooperation has prevented any action by the international community to enlist the leader of JeM, a proscribed and active terrorist organisation which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14.

Thanking the member states who moved the designation proposal and all other Security Council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors, the MEA said that India will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who were involved in heinous attacks on its citizens were brought to justice.

When was the proposal moved?

The proposal to designate Masood Azhar under the UNSC 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee was moved by France, UK and the US on February 27. The deadline for any country to seek clarification — the UN jargon for raising an objection — was 3 PM New York time Wednesday, which is 12.30 AM IST on Thursday.

Post the IAF air strike in Balakot on February 26, India had made it clear to the world that it won’t accept mediation from any other country on the issue as the matter is related to terrorism. While referring to the air strike by IAF on the biggest terror hideouts of JeM training camp, sources said, “No offer of mediation has come from any country. India has told the world community that it is not an India-Pakistan issue. It is an issue of terrorism.”

It may be noted that had Azhar been listed as a global terrorist, there would have been a ban on his travel and his assets would be impounded.