India "disappointed" with China blocking bid to blacklist militant leader


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

China's reluctance to act against Azhar comes weeks after Brics (Brazil, Russian, India, China and South Africa) member countries - rather unexpectedly - named Pakistan-based JeM and Lashkar-e-Taiba among terror groups causing violence and security concerns, bracketing them with the Islamic State.

China's technical hold on the proposal to list Azhar, alleged mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack, lapsed on November 2.

China on Thursday for the fourth time blocked India, the United States and other nations' bid to list Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, saying "there is no consensus" within the members of the sanctions committee.

China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, has repeatedly blocked moves to sanction Azhar under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee since past year. Last year, China had done the same to stall India's application before the same Committee.

After Beijing a year ago blocked an application made by India, it had this January placed a six-month "technical hold" on a United States, United Kingdom and France-backed application. "But there is still absence of consensus on this matter".

"The committee has its rules of procedure and it has yet to reach a consensus, there are still disagreements".

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Jaish-e-Mohammad has already been blacklisted by the 15-nation Security Council, but not its head Azhar. "China would remain in communication and coordination with all relevant parties in line with the resolutions of the Security Council and the rules of procedure of the 1267 Committee", she added. "This is a fact", Hua said.

The MEA reaction comes after China again made a decision to block the United Nations move against Azhar.

China in the past had asked India to discuss the issue directly with Pakistan in order to reach an understanding on Azhar's listing.

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

The wrangling over Masood Azhar, a longtime Indian foe, has become a thorny issue in ties between China and India.

China, which is a member of the UN Security Council, has the right to veto.

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