China blocks India's bid to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 14, 2019 09:46 hrs
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Beijing: For the fourth time, China has used its veto power as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to place a "technical hold" on India's bid to designate the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief as a global terrorist.

At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and many injured a month back on Feb 14, in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

JeM is been listed as a terror group since 2001, however, efforts to blacklist its leader have not been successful. February's proposal marks the fourth attempt coming from the Security Council in the past 10 years.

China, a permanent veto-wielding member of the Security Council has blocked the three previous attempts.

As Wednesday's vote draws closer, all eyes are on China — which has not given a firm indication of whether it will again wield its veto.

“My suspicion is that (China) will not budge despite American pressure and India's entreaties. It considers its alliance with Pakistan to be far too important,” said Sumit Ganguly, an Indiana University professor of political science.