China delays United Nations bid to blacklist JeM leader as terrorist

China delays United Nations bid to blacklist JeM leader as terrorist

China delays United Nations bid to blacklist JeM leader as terrorist

Although Jaish-e-Muhammed has been blacklisted by the United Nations since 2001, Azhar is not specifically designated as a terrorist, allowing him to raise money for the group through front organisations inside Pakistan, according to Indian and U.S. officials.

Days after pledging to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the United Nations, France has sanctioned him and frozen his assets on its soil. "This has prevented action by the worldwide community to designate the leader of JeM, a proscribed and active terrorist organisation, which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on Feb 14, 2019", said India's Ministry of External Affairs. "China should not prevent the Committee from doing the job the Security Council has entrusted it to do", another security council diplomat told PTI in response to a question.

Pakistan has been under pressure from global powers to act against terror groups including JeM which are based out of its territory.

"Weak Modi is scared of Xi".

Masood Azhar, the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed, addresses a press conference in Karachi on February 4, 2000. "NoMo's China Diplomacy: 1".

On Wednesday the Indian foreign minister, while giving a speech on her government's foreign policy, said that if the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan "is so generous and a statesman, he should give us Masood Azhar".

Pakistan has categorically denied any involvement in the attack and offered India to investigate the matter. China put a hold on the proposal just before the deadline to raise any objection to the move was coming to an end.

On the Kashmir issue, Lu said China's position on it is clear and consistent.

Reportedly, China in its note to Security Council said it needed more time to examine the sanctions request targeting Masood Azhar. The Chinese decision has disappointed India and the United States, the UK, France and Germany that had backed the proposal.

China, a Pakistan ally, had previously blocked attempts to have Azhar blacklisted. "China is ready to communicate and coordinate with all sides including India to properly handle this issue", he said.

With the move blocked by China, India has to take the battle to the world stage.

The statement reiterated French support to India's fight against terrorism.

The action was a response to a Chinese vote at the United Nations blocking the description of a radical Muslim leader in the disputed area of Kashmir as a terrorist. The minister and his party both pointed out that China would not be in UN Security Council if not for Jawaharlal Nehru, Mr Gandhi's great grandfather and India's first Prime Minister.

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