For the fourth time in 10 years, China Wednesday stalled, at Pakistan’s behest, India’s bid to list Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the United Nations Security Council.
New Delhi, which had mounted a diplomatic offensive after the Jaish-e-Mohammad owned up the February 14 Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead, said it was “disappointed” by the outcome, but would continue to pursue all available avenues to bring terrorist leaders to justice.
Explained: Why China keeps blocking India from listing Azhar a ‘global terrorist’
Barely an hour before the deadline was to expire at 3 pm New York time — 12.30 am IST — China placed a technical hold, sources said. This means that the proposal will be in deep freeze for the next six months, and if there is a hold again for three months. Thereafter, Beijing will have to either lift the hold or block the listing again. In the next nine months, member countries can provide information to the committee for lifting the hold, and Azhar can still be listed.
China, which considers Pakistan as its “all-weather ally” and “iron brother”, did not yield to intense diplomatic pressure from the US, France, UK, Russia and India. This came despite India reaching out to…