Mon. Mar 25th, 2019

China defends Masood Azhar: India to explore other avenues with UNSC members

Azhar Masood, head of Islamic terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) (File Photo: AP/PTI)

Azhar Masood, head of Islamic terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) (File Photo: AP/PTI)

As once again China blocked a move to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist at the UNSC, India has expressed its strong disappointment over China’s decision and has indicated to “pursue all available avenues” to bring to justice terrorist leaders involved in attack on Indians.

Outraged by China’s stand responsible UNSC members warned they “may be forced to pursue other actions” at the Security Council if Beijing continued with this policy. “If China continues to block this designation, responsible member-states may be forced to pursue other actions at the Security Council. It shouldn’t have to come to that,” a Security Council diplomat told PTI in an unusual tough warning to China.

In the aftermath of the Pulwama terrorist attack, three permanent members of Security Council the US, France and the UK had moved a resolution to designate Azhar a glocal terrorist. Except for China, which wields veto power in the Security Council, all other UNSC members were on board with the move before the al-Qaida (1267) Sanctions Committee.

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