China Blocks Move On Masood Azhar Again, UN Security Council to list as global terrorist, the fourth time, blocked Jaish-e Mohammad chief. In yet another setback to India's bid to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
China's objection, made on technical grounds, came an hour before the deadline, after which the resolution to tag him a "global terrorist" would have been considered adopted by the UN Security Council. In a note sent to the Council, China said it needed more time to examine the sanctions request on Masood Azhar, diplomats said.
India expressed gratitude for the “efforts of the Member States who moved the designation proposal and the unprecedented number of all other Security Council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors”.
Though this has not prevented India in the past from publicly identifying China as the obstacle to the listing of Azhar, the Indian reaction to the latest Chinese hold did not take any names. The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. The Committee makes its decisions by consensus of its members.