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Defying US And India, China Likely To Place Full Fledged Block On Masood Azhar Ban

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| October 30 , 2017 , 15:49 IST

Despite proposals from India and the US, China has continued to block the bid to designate Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations. As the technical hold placed on the bid proposed by the US comes to an end on Thursday, top intelligence sources suggest that China is likely to introduce a 'full fledged block' on the proposal.

The proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, backed by the UK and France, was introduced by the US in January this year, but was put on technical hold by China, which holds a veto power as a permanent member of the UNSC. The technical hold which was extended for another 3 months in August is set to expire on Thursday and since the technical hold cannot be extended any further, intelligence sources suspect that China will dispose of the proposal in its entirety.

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In the past, India has repeatedly conveyed to China that Indian agencies have indicted Azhar for his involvement in the Pathankot airbase attack and that he continues to head a group that has already been designated a terrorist group by the UN. However, China insists that there isn't sufficient 'solid evidence' against Azhar.

India and China ties are likely to suffer a blow if China fully blocks the bid to designate Azhar as a global terrorist. Tensions between the two nations came to a low during the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at the Doklam border, the disengagement of which came on August 28. However, as India attended the BRICS summit in China's Xiamen, Beijing called for the beginning of a 'new chapter' of relations between India and China.