China claims ‘positive progress’ in listing Azhar as global terrorist by UN; attacks US move


China on Monday claimed that “positive progress” has been made on designating Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’ by the UN and accused the US of scuttling its efforts by taking the matter directly to the Security Council, setting a “bad example“.

Two weeks after China put a hold on a French proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council, the US on March 27 circulated a draft resolution to the powerful 15-nation Council to blacklist Azhar and subject him to a travel ban, an assets freeze and an arms embargo.

China last week defended its repeated attempts to block the listing of the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief as a global terrorist and refuted the US allegation that Beijing’s action amounted to protecting violent Islamic groups from sanctions. Read More

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