China again blocks India's bid to list Azhar as global terrorist at U.N.

ANI | Updated: Nov 02, 2017 20:02 IST

New Delhi [India], November 2 (ANI): China on Thursday exercised veto against the United States-backed proposal at the United Nations Security Council to declare Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, citing a lack of consensus.

China had, earlier, indicated it would block India's request at the Security Council.

Hua Chunying, spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a recent press conference, "As for the listing application by the relevant country [India], there are disagreements. China put the technical hold so as to allow for more time to deliberate on this matter. To our regret, the committee so far has yet to reach consensus."

"China always maintains that on the listing matter, the 1267 Committee [Security Council Committee] shall uphold the principle of objectivity, impartiality and professionalism, and make its decisions by consensus among its members on the basis of solid evidence," Hua added.

The "technical hold" could not be extended as it expired on Thursday, and hence, China was being expected to block the request permanently.

Condemning China's statement, India's External Affairs Ministry, in a statement, had said, "This does not reflect well on the determination that the international community needs to display to decisively defeat the menace of terrorism."

The Jaish-e-Muhammad is designated as a terrorist organisation by the U.S. State Department, while India accuses its leader of launching several terrorist attacks on its soil, including the 2016 Pathankot airbase attack.

Following the attack, India had initiated the move to include Azhar on the U.N. terrorist list, subjecting him to a travel ban. All 15 members of the Security Council, except China, supported India's bid.

China is one of the five veto-holding members in the United Nations. The other countries are United States, United Kingdom, Russia and France. (ANI)