China Blocks Listing of Azar Masood as Global Terrorist

Giving setback to India, China for the fourth time blocked a bid in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to designate Pakistan’s Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”. India termed the move of China’s putting a technical hold on the proposal as “disappointing”.

The proposal was moved by P3 countries (France, United Kingdom, and the United States) on February 27, 2019, to the 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council in wake of Pulwama terror attack by Pakistan-based terror group JeM that killed over 40 CRPF personnel in India.

If there is no objection to the proposal by the end of the no-objection period, the decision is deemed to be adopted. The no-objection period deadline was scheduled to end on March 14, 2019 (Indian Time). However, just before the deadline, China blocked the proposal with a ‘technical hold’ and asked for “more time to examine” the proposal.

In 2009, India alone moved a proposal in the UNSC to designate Azhar as a global terrorist. In 2016, India moved the proposal along with the P3 – the United States, the United Kingdom, and France in the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar. In 2017, the P3 nations moved a similar proposal.

The Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee is one of three UNSC committees dealing with counter-terrorism. The other two are – the Counter-Terrorism Committee and the Security Council Committee. The 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee aims to impose strictures against individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaida and the Islamic State.

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