China blocks India's bid to at UN ban JeM chief Masood Azhar

Washington: China once again blocked India's bid at the United Nations (UN) to ban mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack, Masood Azhar.

According to media reports, China requesting the UN committee, which is considering the ban, to keep the designation to ban Masood Azhar on hold.

India had approached the UN in February to include Masood Azhar in the UN Security Council's 1267 sanctions list, in the aftermath of the January 2 terror attack on the Pathankot air base by Pakistan-based JeM terrorists.

India gave strong evidence of the outfit’s terror activities and its role in the Pathankot attack to the UN committee. 

In its submission, India contended that not listing Azhar would expose it and other countries in South Asia to threats from the terror group and its leader.

However, China requested the committee to hold up the banning of the JeM chief hours before the deadline.

Meanwhile, India on Friday voiced disappointment at the "technical hold" put on its application to include the name of Azhar, in the UN sanctions list, and criticised the UN sanctions committee for adopting a "selective approach to combating terrorism".

In a statement, the ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said: "We find it incomprehensible that while the Pakistan based JeM was listed in UN Security Council Committee established under UNSCR 1267/1989/2253 as far back as 2001 for its well known terror activities and links to the Al Qaeda, the designation of the group's main leader, financier and motivator has been put on a technical hold."

"The recent terror attack in Pathankot on January 2 has shown that India continues to bear the dangerous consequences of not listing Masood Azhar . Given the global networking of terrorist groups, this has implications for the entire international community," the statement said.

News24 Bureau