China has blocked the UN Security Council from designating Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar a global terrorist for the fourth time.
"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," Ministry of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, said.
#WATCH EAM Sushma Swaraj in Delhi: We are ready to engage with Pakistan in atmosphere free from terror. Some people say Imran Khan is a statesman, if he is so generous then he should hand over JeM chief Masood Azhar to India. Let's see how generous he is. (13.03) pic.twitter.com/kgnDfv8gOY
— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2019
The UN had banned the JeM in 2001. But India's efforts to ban Azhar after the Mumbai terror attack were not successful because of China.
The US, UK, and France recently favored the global terrorist tag on Azhar under the 1267 al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of UNSC. The UNSC had condemned the Pulwama attack in strong words and held JeM responsible for it.
"The UN Security Council and its subsidiary bodies are run on strict rules. We already stressed China's position on the listing of terrorist organizations and individuals in the UN Security Council 1267 Committee on many occasions," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu kang said
“I could reiterate that China will continue to adopt responsible attitude and participate in the deliberations in the UNSC 1267 Committee,” Lu Kang added.
China also shielded Azhar in 2009, 2016 and 2017 in order to support Pakistan.
But China claims that Beijing is full of sincerity and is ready to work with India to build on the consensus of the leaders for greater progress in ties.
The statement comes hours after China exercised its veto for the fourth time after the 2016 Pathankot terror attack to place a hold on the move to ban Azhar.
The JeM, headed by Azhar, 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.