India "disappointed" with China blocking bid to blacklist militant leader


India, backed by the United States, has been trying to get Maulana Masood Azhar on a U.N. list of groups with ties to Al Qaeda, blaming his group for a series of attacks in India, including one on its parliament in 2002 and another past year on an airbase.

The application was up for review with a "technical hold" placed by China.

China on Thursday blocked another bid by the US, France and the United Kingdom to list Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, saying it has rejected the move as "there is no consensus".

Such decisions must be based on cast-iron evidence, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said earlier this week. Officials in Beijing told India Today they had "rejected" the application "because of a lack of consensus".

It did the same to a USA proposal backed by France and Britain, first blocking it in January and then put a technical hold for three months in August. new resolution will have to be moved now.

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"The (the 1267 committee which imposes sanctions on terror organisations) has its rules of procedure and it has yet to reach a consensus, there are still disagreements", she said. All 15 members of the Security Council, except China, supported India's bid. "But there is still absence of consensus on this matter".

Defending China's consistent technical holds, Hua said China's actions are meant to ensure and safeguard the authority and effectiveness of the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council. "It is a fact that the committee is yet to reach agreement". A second three-month hold was placed in August under the committee's rules that allow members to seek more information.

Hua's remarks indicate that China will continue its policy to block moves by India and other countries led by the USA to block Azhar's listing during the second term of Chinese President Xi Jinping, which began over a week ago.

Sources said that the issue of Masood Azhar, however, will be definitely discussed in December, when Indian and United States officials meet for their first dialogue on terrorist designations. The veto will create new friction with India, which has been pressing for sanctions that would freeze Masood Azhar's assets and ban global travel from Pakistan, where he lives.

India, backed by the United States, France and UK, has been trying to get Masood Azhar added to a UN list of groups with ties to Al Qaeda.

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