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Forced to pursue other actions on Masood, says US diplomat

DNMUM433466 | 3/15/2019 | Author : Sidhant Sibal | WC :324 | India

New Delhi: Hours after China blocked yet another attempt to blacklist Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’, both India and the United States, in an unusually tough message, sought to pursue alternative actions to punish him. A US diplomat warned China that UNSC members “may be forced to pursue other actions”. This was the fourth time China has used its veto power to block the proposal at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
“Pakistan has often depended on China to protect it from the listing of Pakistan-based terrorist groups and individuals in the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee,” a UNSC diplomat was quoted saying by news agency PTI, “The case for designating Masood Azhar — the leader of a g
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An unprecedented number of countries backed the proposal. As many as 11 countries out of total of 15 UNSC members voted for the JeM chief to be branded a ‘global terrorist’. Late on Wednesday, Germany pledged itself as a co-sponsor to the proposal.
The US embassy in Delhi also expressed regret. “The United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and a failure to designate Azhar runs counter to this goal,” a statement said. The superpower had already stated succinctly that Azhar “clearly meets the criteria for the designation (of a global terrorist)” as defined by the UN.
Chinese foreign spokesperson Lu Kang had said on Wednesday that the country needs more time to study the case. “We still need more time and thus put forward a technical hold, which is in full compliance with the rules of procedure of the Security Council Committee,” he said. Expressing its disappointment on China’s stand, the MEA released a statement saying it would continue pursuing efforts and available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on Indian citizens were brought to justice.

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