China remains a staunch ally of terror, blocks bid to ban Masood Azhar again

Masood Azhar
Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar

An effort in the United Nations Security Council to enlist Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist came to nought on Wednesday as China blocked the move on ‘technical hold’ at the last moment. By doing so for the fourth time a row, China has proved that it will remain a staunch ally of terrorism emanating from Pakistan.

“The United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal,” the US had issued a warning Tuesday.

Jaish-e-Mohammad had claimed responsibility for the dastardly terror attack on Indian security personnel on February 14. The attack, in which 40 CRPF men were martyred, had attracted global condemnation of the Pakistan-based terror outfit.

Subsequently on February 27, France, Britain and the US had moved the proposition to ban Masood Azhar and his terror outfit under the 1267 al-Qaida sanction committee of the UNSC. There was a window of 10 working days to raise objections, which was to end at 03:00 PM New York time. Just an hour before the deadline, China placed its objection.

If designated as global terrorist, Masood Azhar would have faced a freeze on his assets, bank accounts and other financial resources, along with a ban on his travel or transit entry into any of the UNSC member countries. There would be also a ban on supply of arms to his outfit, directly or indirectly.

In 2009, India moved a proposal to ban Masood Azhar for the first time. After terror attack on Patankot Army camp in 2016, India renewed its attempt to get Azhar banned with the help of P3 nations (The US, the UK and France). Again in 2017, the P3 nations moved a proposal to get him banned. But on all three occasions, China used its veto power blocked the proposal.

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