China blocks India's move in UN at last hour to ban Masood Azhar

WASHINGTON: China blocked India’s move in UN to ban Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar at the last hour.


The sources said “However, hours before the deadline, China requested the committee to hold up the banning of the JeM chief.”


Indian authorities claimed that Chinese action was in consultation with Pakistan as they are strategic partners and regional allies.


India submitted a list of 11 individuals to the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL and Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee in connection with terrorism in India.


India claimed that   Pakistan based organization was banned by UN in 2001 but its chief is still working.


India’s external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in February “We will be moving the 1267 Sanctions Committee to also include the name of Masood Azhar on the sanctions list. It is a great anomaly that the organization Jaish-e-Muhammad listed, but not its leader.”


India claimed that Masood Azhar is the master mind of Pathankot terror attacks that occurred on January 2.


Pakistan has sent a JIT consisting of five members to probe the case in India.


Chief of India’s National Investigations Agency (NIA) Sharad Kumar claimed that it is a reciprocity visit and NIA will visit Pakistan later.