China Blocks Move To Blacklist Masood Azhar As Global Terrorist Again | 10 Points

China Blocks Move To Blacklist Masood Azhar As Global Terrorist Again | 10 Points

China Blocks Move To Blacklist Masood Azhar As Global Terrorist Again 

New Delhi:  For the fourth time, China had blocked an initiative to tag Jaish-e Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist" by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. Considered to be an ally of the Pakistan, China's move came as the Security Council was to take up a resolution on the matter, days after the February 14 Jaish attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in which 40 soldiers passed away. The sources said that resolution, was backed by unprecedented number of countries going into the "double digits". India said it was "disappointed by this outcome".

Here's 10 points:

1. The objection of China, came an hour before the deadline and were made on technical grounds. China, in it's note sent to the Council said that it, needed more time to examine the sanctions request on Masood Azhar, diplomats said. 

2. The UN Security Council's three countries, UK, US, France, had moved a proposal in the UNSC, to designate Masood Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee on February 27. Germany became a co-sponsor to the proposal later on Wednesday.

3. A tag by the United Nation Security Council will subject Masood Azhar to assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo. An assets freeze under the Sanctions Committee requires that all states freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities.

4. "The 1267 Sanctions Committee, upon completion of the no-objection period on 13 March 2019, wasn't able to come to a decision on the proposal for listing Mohammed Masood Azhar under the UN Sanctions regime, on account of a member placing the proposal on hold," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

5. "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 organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019," the ministry said.

6. In 2001, the Jaish-e-Mohammad was banned by the UN. However, the efforts of India to ban Masood Azhar after the Mumbai terror attack was not successful as China has repeatedly blocked the move, apparently at the behest of Pakistan, its strategic ally.

7. China, who is a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council,had blocked the move by India and other member nations three times earlier. In Arpil 2016, China had earlier blocked  blocked the move, months after the Jaish attack on the Pathankot air base. India, who had protested the move of China had said that such a move, made only on "technical grounds," was "incomprehensible". 

8. "I could reiterate that China will continue to adopt responsible attitude and participate in the deliberations in the UNSC 1267 Committee," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media.

9. Lead by Masood Azhar, the Jaish-e Mohammad has carried out many terror attacks in India; it was involved in the attack on Parliament, the Pathankot air force base and army camps in Jammu and Uri.

10. The responsibility of Pulwama terror attack--in which around 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred-- was also claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad. After the attack, India had carried out airstrikes at a Jaish camp in Balakot in Pakistan, which was followed by an aerial dogfight with the Pakistan Air Force, which had targeted Indian military installations.