Showcasing its true colours, China on Wednesday once again lent its weight to Pakistan-based terrorist Azhar Mehmood at the United Nations (UN).
India was once again left “disappointment” on Wednesday after China blocked yet another move at the UN to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”.
In its reaction, the Ministry of External Affairs, without naming China, stated the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee was not able to come to a decision on the proposal to list Azhar on account of a member country placing the proposal on hold.
China has been blocking the moves for past one decade. The proposal was a fourth such bid at the UN to list Azhar as a global terrorist.
The External Affairs Ministry said India will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that leaders of terror groups involved in heinous attacks on Indian citizens are brought to justice.
“We are disappointed by this outcome. This has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organisation which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14,” the MEA said.
The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, nearly two weeks after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack.