China yet again blocks UN move to designate JeM chief, India says it is disappointed

New Delhi: India has said it was “disappointed” after China once again on Wednesday vetoed and put on hold a proposal at the UN Security Council (UNSC) to tag Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”.

Without directly referring to China by name in its reaction, India said that Beijing’s move had prevented action by the global community to designate the JeM chief.

China’s objection, made on technical grounds, came an hour before the deadline, after which the resolution to tag Azhar a global terrorist would have been considered adopted by the UNSC.

China had blocked move three times earlier

China had blocked the move by India and other member nations three times earlier. The last time China blocked the move was in April 2016, months after the Jaish attack on the Pathankot air base.

In a statement the Ministry of External Affairs said, “We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice.”

The proposal to tag Azhar as global terrorist was moved by the US, UK and France on February 27 and later Germany became a co-sponsor to the proposal.

A UNSC tag would have subjected JeM chief to assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo. An assets freeze under the Sanctions Committee requires that all states freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities.