France has said that it has decided to freeze the French assets of Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar. The move comes after China blocked resolution against Ashar in the UNSC.
China had vetoed against a resolution by UNSC members Russia, UK, US and France to list Azhar as a designated terrorist in UNSC.
Following that, India’s Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin had expressed his gratitude to the members of UNSC who stood alongside India fight against terrorism, despite the resolution moved at the UNSC seeking to designate Masood Azhar as a 'global terrorist' being blocked by the China.
While a host of nations supported the resolution, China decided to block it saying it needed more time to consider the request. Despite the setback, Syed Akbaruddin feels it was a small signal athat countries will act against terrorism.
On Thursday Outraged by China blocking for the fourth time a move to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, responsible UNSC members warned they "may be forced to pursue other actions" at the Security Council if Beijing continued with this policy.
"If China continues to block this designation, responsible member-states may be forced to pursue other actions at the Security Council. It shouldn't have to come to that," a Security Council diplomat told PTI in an unusual tough warning to China.
The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity to give a sense of the feeling of other members of the Security Council after China blocked the move to designate Azhar a global terrorist. Beijing previously put a technical hold on similar proposals at the UNSC thrice.