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China Defends Blocking India's Move To Designate Masood Azhar As Global Terrorist

| September 29 , 2018 , 15:23 IST

China has repeatedly blocked India's bids at the United Nations to designate chief of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, defending the decision of blocking the bid, said that the issue lacks "consensus" among the members of the UN Security Council as well as the "directly concerned" parties - India and Pakistan, media reported on Saturday.

In its statement, China said that since Pakistan did not agree with India on the designation of Azhar, there is no "consensus" between the two directly affected parties, and China would support the issue only if Pakistan agrees with India.

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"If all parties come to a consensus, we will support it. But it is the parties that are rightly concerned who are not coming around to the same conclusion, like India and Pakistan don't have the same conclusions," Wang said.

"We think that is a better way to go, and we will stay in close touch with India on this issue because we also have very good ties with the Indian side. We hope to see an early consensus, and together we can contribute to the fight against terror," the foreign minister said.

"Whether these people are terrorists or not, there should be solid facts and proof. If there is irrefutable evidence, no one can turn its back on it. I don't think Pakistan will do that," Wang said.

The Chinese foreign minister further argued that listing of terrorists should be based on proof and that there is not enough evidence against Azhar.

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The proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, backed by the UK and France, was introduced by the US in January 2017, but was put on technical hold by China, which holds a veto power as a permanent member of the UNSC.

Azhar is accused in several deadly terrorist attacks in India, including the attack on the Uri military base in Jammu and Kashmir in 2016, where 17 security personnel were killed, and led to the surgical strikes by India on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Despite support of the US, Britain and France, India's bid to designate Masood Azhar a terrorist under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council has been repeatedly blocked by China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council.

The militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed founded by Masood Azhar is already on the UN list of banned terror outfits.