Sources: More than 10 countries had supported India's bid to designate JeM Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist in the United Nations Security Council 1267 list, as co-sponsors.
MEA has released a statement after China uses its veto power to block ban on Masood Azhar:
1. The ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee (1267 Sanctions Committee), upon completion of the no-objection period on 13 March 2019, was not able to come to a decision on the proposal for listing Mohammed Masood Azhar Alvi under the UN Sanctions regime, on account of a member placing the proposal on hold.
2. We are disappointed by this outcome. This has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019.
3. We are grateful for the efforts of the Member States who moved the designation proposal and the unprecedented number of all other Security Council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors.
4. We 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.
China blocks ban on Masood Azhar to be designated as global terrorist for the fourth time in UNSC, says need more time to consider the request.
The 1267 member committee of the UN Security Council is set to decide on Wednesday on the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global designated terrorist. India has been urging the UNSC members to list him under the UN Terror list.
Masood Azhar, chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, is repsonsible for carrying out many terror strikes in India and was involved in the attack on Parliament in 2001, the Pathankot air force base in 2016, army camps in Jammu and Uri, and the latest suicide attack on CRPF in Pulwama which claimed the lives of 40 personnel.
The United States of America, United Kingdom and France moved a resolution on Februaray 27 seeking to designate the JeM chief as 'global terrorist'.
While India has been receiving constant support from a number of nations, their biggest concern in this development comes 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 remains non-commital on this matter and hinted that it will once again the block the move.
"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," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.
At present, four permanent and 10 non-permanent members are backing the resolution. Should China not take a stand, Masood Azhar will be listed as a 'global terrorist'. But should they again block the move, he will not be designated as one.
On Saturday, India said that all the UNSC members were aware of JeM camps and Azhar's presence in Pakistan and urged the nations on to designate him as a global terrorist.
Once recognised under the United Nations terror list, Masood will face a global travel ban and his assets will be frozen. The listing will also help India proving how Pakistan has been an epicentre for hatching terrorist plans and providing safe havens to the terrorist outfits.