China again blocks move at UNSC seeking ban on Maulana Masood Azhar

China again blocks move at UNSC seeking ban on Maulana Masood Azhar

China has blocked a move at the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of UN  Security Council seeking a ban on Jaish-e-Mohammad chief, Maulana Masood Azhar. 

A note issued by China’s UN mission to the concerned UN Security Council Committee says China placed a “technical hold” on the request, made by the United States, Britain and France on behest of India to subject Maulana Masood Azhar to an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze. 

China had also blocked a similar move three times in the past. 

Meanwhile, Spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry

, Lu Kang at a regular press briefing in Beijing said Chinese government will continue to participate in the review work of the UN Security Council Committee in a responsible manner. 

He said discussions on this issue must be conducted following the rules and procedures of the U.N. Security Council and its subsidiary bodies. 

The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said Beijing has been in contact with the parties on the resolution and always taken an appropriate stance. 

Correspondents say through this move, India had attempted to turn its military embarrassment in a recent standoff with Pakistan into a diplomatic advantage but it was thwarted by Beijing.