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China blocks move to have Masood Azhar banned by UN

China blocks move to have Masood Azhar banned by UN

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 02 Nov 2017, 11:23 pm

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IBNS): China on Thursday blocked the move to have terrorist Masood Azhar, who heads the Jaish-e-Mohammed, blacklisted by the United Nations.

India, with support of the United States, France and UK, has been taking attempts to get Masood Azhar added to a UN list of groups with ties to terror organisation Al Qaeda.

China, which is a member of the UN Security Council, has the right to veto.

On Thursday, the country rejected the move stating "there is no consensus" on Masood Azhar's role in terror attacks in India.

The proposal, first introduced by the Trump administration in January this year, wanted the UN to designate Azhar a global terrorist, but was put on a technical hold by China, a permanent member of the UNSC, who used its veto power.

The United States had the backing of the United Kingdom and France.

China, who has been blamed for being selective in its approach towards fighting terrorism, has said that there isn't enough evidence against Azhar to ban him.

However, experts have opined that the move has been conceived by the Communist nation to keep India under check, which in recent times has fostered a stronger bond with the United States.

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