China Bats for Masood Azhar Again

OOP Digital Desk: China today blocked yet another bid by the UK, France, and the US to list Masood Azhar, the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), as a global terrorist, citing lack of consensus on the issue.

China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council with veto powers, has repeatedly blocked India’s attempt to ban the JeM chief.

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Azhar is the alleged mastermind behind the January 2016 Pathankot terror attack that left eight persons, including seven security personnel, dead. The founder of JeM, Masood Azhar was one of the three militants released by the Indian government to negotiate the release of passengers and airlines staff, during the Kandahar hijacking incident in 1999. Azhar was also involved in the Indian Parliament attack in 2001.

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Beijing, in August, extended its technical hold by three months, on a proposal mooted by Washington, Paris, and London, to brand Azhar as an international terrorist. It had earlier blocked a similar proposal at the UN in February this year.

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