Hours after China had blocked yet another move to blacklist JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) Chief Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’, a diplomat of United States at the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) has warned that the members “may be forced to pursue other actions”. In an unexpected tough message, the diplomat said that Beijing “should not protect terrorists from Pakistan or any other country” if its serious about combating terrorism.
The remarks came after China has put the last minute ‘hold’ on a proposal taken by the UK, US, and France to recognized Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” under 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Security Council. However, Beijing didn’t disclose the reason, reports source.
The US diplomat said that “this is the fourth time that China has placed a hold on this listing. China should not prevent the Committee from doing the job the Security Council has entrusted it to do,” adding that “If China continues to block this designation, responsible member states may be forced to pursue other actions at the Security Council. It shouldn’t have to come to that.”
India informed that it was ‘disappointed’ after Chinese move and vowed to continue to pursue “all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens” are brought to justice.
India further thanked “all countries who supported the bid to designate Azhar as global terrorist”.
Sources claim that an unparalleled number of nations going into the ‘double digits’ had backed the proposal against Mr. Azhar. Germany guaranteed to be a co-sponsor to the proposal on Wednesday.
A United Nations blacklisting will consider Masood Azhar to the assets freeze, arms embargo, and travel ban. An assets freeze under the Sanctions Committee needs all state freeze without delay in funds and economic resources of designated individuals and entities.
A veto-wielding member of UNSC, China had blocked the move by India and other members of the nation three times earlier. In April 2018, China had blocked the move, months after JeM attack on Pathankot Air Base. Launched a strong protest at the time, India reports that such a move, made only on ‘technical grounds’ was ‘incomprehensible’.