China blocks United Nations resolution seeking sanctions on Maulana Masood Azhar

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The French government has made a decision to freeze the assets of Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Masood Azhar at the national level, the French government said Friday.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, UK and the USA on February 27 after the attack in Pulwama on Feb 14 that had killed 40 Indian troops. "This has prevented action by the global community to designate the leader of JeM, a proscribed and active terrorist organisation, which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on Feb 14, 2019", said India's Ministry of External Affairs.

But China placed a "technical hold" on the proposal, saying it needed more time to consider, using the same stalling tactic it has used in the past.

France's action is expected to put more pressure on Pakistan to act against the terror groups based in its territory. The recent statements by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan were just aimed to create a misleading impression that Islamabad was for fighting terror groups together with India and other nations. "Also raises serious questions about the benefits of Modi's photo-op diplomacy with Xi Jinping", tweeted Sadanand Dhume from American Enterprise Institute.

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She took to Twitter to counter the opposition's charge and said India secured unprecedented support from the global community for listing Masood Azhar under the UN Sanctions Committee. China has been systematically providing diplomatic support, economic investment and arms to Pakistan.

The BJP leader asked Gandhi whether he had said the same thing when China blocked the move in 2009 when the Congress ruled India. "JeM is a UN-designated terrorist group", State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters. This is the fourth time China has blocked the listing of Azhar under the United Nations terror list. India expressed its disappointment at the outcome. If India can not offer new evidence, China will not change its position.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), which represents 70 million traders, said it would burn Chinese goods on March 19 to "teach a lesson" to China. "The FM assured me that Pakistan would deal firmly with all terrorists and will continue steps to deescalate tensions with India".

Many Twitteratis outpoured their anger against China for not declaring Masood Azhar as global terrorists and as a mark to show patriotism people started this trend. "China is full of sincerity and ready to work with India to build on the consensus of our leaders for greater progress in the bilateral relations".

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