India still hopeful China will back its position on Masood Azhar


New Delhi: India is hopeful that China will agree with its position on getting Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the United Nations, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday. Interacting with the media, Singh said, “We still expect China to support our stand.”

On 30 December, China had blocked India’s proposal to list JeM chief and Pathankot mastermind Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist by the UN, triggering a sharp reaction from New Delhi, which termed it as “unfortunate blow” and a step that confirms the prevalence of double standards in the fight against terrorism.

India’s proposal was submitted in February to the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council. A fresh listing request will be required for Azhar to be banned by the UN, officials had said.

However, India had said it will continue to push forward with resolute determination “through the use of all options available with us to bring perpetrators of terrorist violence to justice”.

China had blocked India’s proposal, citing lack of “consensus” on the issue. The ban would have forced an imposition of asset freeze and travel ban on him by countries, including Pakistan. China was the only member in the 15-nation UN body to put a hold on India’s application, with the other 14 members supporting New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the sanctions list.