China has yet again used its veto power and declined Azhar Mahmood’s naming as a “global terrorist” by the UN Security Council. Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi has defended this move of Beijing by saying that India’s bid of listing Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Azhar Masood as a “global terrorist” cannot be taken forward as there is no “consensus” on the issue among the members of the Security Council as well as the parties that are “directly concerned” with the issue, i.e., Pakistan and India. It is very well known that Azhar Masood has several deadly terrorist attacks to his account in India. He was also responsible for the attack on the Uri military base in Kashmir in 2016 which resulted in death of 17 security personnel.
Furthermore, Jaish-e-Mohammed is already listed in the United Nation’s list of banned “terror outfits”. This is not the first time that China has blocked India’s move. This move has the support of nations like the United States, France and Britain. All of these nations are strongly in the favour designating Azhar as a “terrorist” under the UN Security Council’s Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee. China’s take on the issue is that it shall support the bid if all the parties come to a consensus. Since Pakistan and India are not able to come to a common conclusion regarding the issue, them being the parties concerned. Only if India and Pakistan come to a mutual conclusion on the issue, only then will China move forward with the bid.
China has asserted that it shall stay in touch with India on this issue, since it has good ties with India. Also, Foreign Minister of China praised Pakistan for the efforts it takes against “terrorism”. It was also asserted by the Minister that listing of terrorists should be based on strong evidence and solid facts, which is missing in the case of Azhar Masood.
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