BEIJING: China has shot down India’s proposal to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, UK and the US on February 27 after the attack in Pulwama on Feb 14 that had killed 40 Indian troops.
In a note sent to the council, China said it needed more time to examine the sanctions request targeting Masood Azhar, diplomats said.
China has twice blocked — in 2016 and 2017 — attempts to impose sanctions on the JeM leader. The group itself was added to the terror list in 2001.