China again blocks UN terror tag for Masood

China has again extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK-backed proposal to designate Pakistan-based JeM terror group chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN. China had in February this year blocked the US move to designate Azhar, the Pathankot terror attack mastermind, as a global terrorist at the UN.

The deadline for China to take action on its technical hold was till August 2. If China would not have extended the technical hold, Azhar would have automatically been designated under the UN as a terrorist. Sources said that just before the deadline lapsed, China once again sought a three-month extension until November 2 on its technical hold on the proposal. A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, Beijing has repeatedly blocked India's move to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed leader under the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. JeM has already been in the banned list.

Last year in March, China was the sole member in the 15-nation UN organ to put a hold on India's application with all other 14 members of the Council supporting New Delhi's bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban. The six-month validity of that technical hold lapsed in September and Beijing then extended it by three more months.

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