China has a responsibility not to shield Pakistan, a senior Trump administration official has said, expressing deep disappointment over Beijing’s decision to block a bid in the UN to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a 'global terrorist'.
The chief of the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed,had claimed responsibility for the February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama which killed 40 CRPF personnel.
The US offical said, 'We think China has a responsibility not to shield Pakistan and join the international community in calling on Pakistan to take action against terrorists operating on its soil.'
After the Pulwama attack, the US, France and Britain had moved a resolution in the UN Sanctions Committee of the Security Council to designate Azhar as a 'global terrorist'.
But the move suffered a setback with China putting a 'technical hold' on the proposal for the fourth time, a move India has termed as disappointing.
“'We believe China and the US share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace. Any failure on the Security Council to designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist would run counter to this mutual goal that China and the US have,' the official said.
'We don’t really understand this. China should not be shielding Pakistan’s support for known terrorist organisations. So, we’re hoping that we can work together on a mutual goal in terms of countering terrorism and upholding our Security Council responsibility,' he added.
The US administration’s view on China came as Germany initiated a move at the European Union to list the JeM leader as a global terrorist.
Noting that it was not the first time the JeM had attacked India, the official said this was the reason the Trump administration thought now is the time for Pakistan to crack down on the terror group.
This has been made very clear to the leadership of Pakistan, said the official. This is the group responsible for other attacks, like the 2001 Parliament attack, which resulted in a six-month India-Pakistan mobilisation, the official said.
The US is also working at the United Nations, urging Pakistan to uphold its responsibilities pursuant to its UN Security Council commitments to deny safe haven and support to terrorists and to freeze their funds and financial assets.