Why China refuses to label JeM’s Masood Azhar as a global terrorist

On March 14, 2019, UN Security Council (hereafter, UNSC) permanent veto-wielding member PRC (Peoples’ Republic of China) put ‘technical hold’ on a proposal sponsored by three permanent members (France, US and UK) and all non-permanent members (Germany, Poland, Belgium, Australia, Japan, Bangladesh and Italy were all co-sponsors of this move) to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad founder Azhar a ‘global terrorist’ (through inclusion on the list of sanctioned individuals under Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999) 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals groups undertakings and entities). A technical hold is technically valid for six months, extendable by another three months, as per existing rules. Russia’s position is interestingly poised from a diplomatic prism. In sum, a single veto can spoil a known global effort, initiated by India and supported by the world. Read More

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