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The US on Wednesday introduced a resolution drafted with British and French support to blacklist Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) at the UN Security Council just hours before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed China for assuming double standards on terrorism.
“The world cannot afford China’s shameful hypocrisy toward Muslims. On one hand, China abuses more than a million Muslims at home, but on the other it protects violent Islamic terrorist groups from sanctions at the UN," the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a Twitter post just hours later.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: China has detained more than one million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities in internment camps in Xinjiang since April 2017. China must release all those arbitrarily detained and end its repression. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/4amMJOdzqy— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2019
JeM had claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack that killed at least 40 CRPF men in Pulwama, making it the deadliest in Kashmir.
According to media reports, the United States, Britain and France initially asked the Security Council's ISIS and al Qaeda sanctions committee, which operates by consensus, to blacklist Azhar. However, China prevented the move.
At the UNSC, a resolution only needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by China, Russia, the United States, France or Britain to pass, the New York Times report said. It was not immediately clear when the draft resolution to designate Azhar could be put to a vote, the report said.
In this case, if China does decide to use its veto power, “it will be in full public glare," said the person cited above. In the case of the 1267 sanctions committee, the proposal was debated behind closed doors.