Beijing: China said onSaturdayits technical hold on India’s move to get Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the United Nations has “been extended”, days before the expiry of the hold. The Chinese technical hold on India's proposal was set to lapse onMonday. If China had not raised further objection, the resolution designating Azhar as a terrorist would have passed automatically. The hold has been extended for another six months.
OnMarch 31this year, China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, had blocked India’s move to put a ban on the JeM leader and Pathankot attack mastermind under the sanctions committee of the council.