A leading American lawmaker has expressed disappointment that China has once again blocked at the UNSC the designation of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, saying Beijing has had “ample opportunity” to fulfil its international obligation.
The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a Jaish suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan. Other than Pulwama, Azhar-led JeM has been involved in several terror attacks in India over nearly two decades.
It was responsible for the attack on Indian Parliament on December 13, 2001 in which nine security personnel and officials were killed. In January, 2016, a heavily armed group of JeM attacked the Pathankot airbase in which seven security personnel were killed. Read more