Within an hour of China blocking the move to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief for the fourth time under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council, Congress has dived in to blame PM Modi for his "series of diplomatic disasters". Randeep Surjewala, the National spokesperson for the Congress, took to Twitter and wrote that it is "a sad day in the global fight against terrorism!".
Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs has expressed "disappointed" over China's move. In a press statement, MEA said also added that it "will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice".
Earlier, the United States of America, United Kingdom and France moved a resolution on February 27 seeking to designate the JeM chief as 'global terrorist'.
While India received constant support from a number of nations, their biggest concern in this development came in the form of China, which has on three occasions in the past 10 years blocked Masood Azhar's listing as a global terrorist.
Despite pressure from across the globe, China remained non-committal on this matter and hinted that it will once again the block the move.
Earlier, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang while talking about the issue had said:
"On the issue, I want to say that China always adopts a responsible attitude, engage in consultation with various parties properly deal with this issue. The discussion, I want to say must follow the rules and procedures and relevant bodies and only the solution that is acceptable to all sides is conducive for resolving the issue".