China blocks India’s bid to declare Masood Azhar global terrorist

China blocks India’s bid to declare Masood Azhar global terrorist

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China blocked India's bid to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist for the fourth time.

China was using its veto power to turn down the demand by the US, the UK, France and India along with a list of countries, to declare Masood Azhar a global terrorist. This is the fourth time China saved the face of its all-weather ally Pakistan.

This has happened despite India's huge diplomatic pressure to ban the JeM chief, who is the mastermind behind the ghastly suicide bomb attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, which left 44 CRPF jawans dead. The US, the UK and France also supported India’s demand to declare Masood a global terrorist. However, China has again chosen to side with its "all-weather friend" Pakistan, citing it wanted a solution (of the conflict in J&K) "acceptable to all".

Countries all over the world had supported India's fight against terrorism after the Pulwama attack, following which 11 countries had co-sponsored the move to ban his organisation. Except China, all member countries of the UNSC had supported the move. India had also got support from all the European countries in the Security Council and four other prominent nations outside the UNSC. The signals from Beijing were that they are "consistent" on their position and they wanted a solution "acceptable to all".

Meanwhile, India has expressed "disappointment" over China's move to rally behind those are spreading terror activities in India. "We are disappointed by this outcome. This has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019", said a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.