MEA's Gopal Baglay upset over China stalling proposal to list Masood Azhar as global terrorist

New Delhi: Upset over China stalling the move to list JeM's (Jaish-e-Mohammad) Masood Azhar a global terrorist by the UN, India on Friday hoped that countries sharing its concerns over international terrorism would cooperate in fighting all forms of terror.

JeM chief Azhar had been involved in carrying out terror activities against India, and this was a well-known fact, said external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay. "We can only hope that all these countries which share our concerns regarding the menace of international terrorism will cooperate in fighting all forms of terrorism," he said.

He was replying to a question on China once again extending by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK-backed proposal to designate Azhar a global terrorist by the UN.

File image of Maulana Masood Azhar. Reuters

File image of Masood Azhar. Reuters

In February 2017, China had blocked the US move to include the Pathankot terror attack mastermind in the list of global terrorists. The deadline for China to take action on its technical hold was till 2 August.

A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, Beijing has repeatedly blocked India's move to put a ban on the JeM leader under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. Jaish-e-Mohammad has already been in the banned list.

In March 2016, China was the sole member in the 15-nation UN organ to put a hold on India's application. All other 14 members of the Council supported New Delhi's bid to place Azhar on the 1,267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.

The six-month validity of that technical hold lapsed in September and Beijing then extended it by three more months.

In December 2016, after China blocked India's proposal to list the JeM chief, Indian diplomatic sources here had said that the pursuit of terrorism was not a "one-shot affair" for India and that it will continue to pursue issues of terrorism "through all available mechanisms".

Published Date: Aug 04, 2017 19:55 PM | Updated Date: Aug 04, 2017 19:55 PM

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