China can not displease Pak on Masood Azhar issue: Defence Experts


Beijing's position became clear as sources in the Chinese Foreign ministry told PTI in Beijing, "China has rejected the move as there is no consensus".

India on Thursday expresed "deep disappointment" with China's decision to block consensus on the listing of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar on the UN-designated list of global terrorists. Last year, China had done the same to stall India's application before the same committee.

India worries that China will stick by its "all-weather" friend, India's arch-foe Pakistan.

Reacting to China's move, New Delhi today said it "strongly believes that double standards will only undermine global community's resolve to combat terrorism".

This is the second year in succession that it has blocked the resolution.

The official's comment indicates that China will veto the application in the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council to allow it to lapse.

China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said last month there were clear rules for listing a person or group as a terrorist, and that China has always believed the relevant United Nations committee should operate on the principles of objectivity. All other 14 countries of the 15-member security council supported the move by the USA and France, news agency PTI said.

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The foreign ministry spokesman said: "We will continue to follow the mandate of the committee and its rules of procedure and remain in constant communication and coordination with the members of the committee".

The ministry of external affairs said it was "deeply disappointed" with China blocking the move to declare Masood a global terrorist by the world body.

To the follow-up questions, Hua said the committee has its rules.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Monday the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council was still in disagreement over approving the application.

Hua on Monday denied that China was acting at the behest of all-weather ally Pakistan.

"For the first time you would notice, there has been such specific listing of such terror organisations and the fact that BRICS countries should work together in facilitating listing of these under UNSC", said MEA secretary (East) Preeti Saran in Xiamen on Sep 4. The declaration was the first time anti-India groups such as LeT and JeM were compared to the IS by the grouping.

Earlier in June, China insisted that India provide "solid evidence" against the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief.