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China again blocks bid at UN to list Masood Azhar as global terrorist

Prime News, International and National, United Nations (New York, USA), March 14:- China for the fourth time blocked a bid in the United Nations (UN) Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by putting a technical hold on the proposal on Wednesday, a move India termed as disappointing.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the United Kingdom and the United States on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 Central Reserve Police Police (CRPF) soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.

The Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee members had 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal. The no-objection period deadline was scheduled to end at 3 pm local time (New York) Wednesday, (12.30 am IST Thursday).

The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. The committee makes its decisions by consensus of its members.

All eyes were on China, which has in the past blocked India’s bids to get Azhar listed as a UN-designated global terrorist thrice. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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