China Hints To Veto Masood Azhar Again Ahead Of UNSC Meeting

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will take up the resolution to list Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist in a few hours from now, China hinted that it may block the move once again.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaida Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, UK and the US on the 27th of February 2019.

The Chinese Foreign Minister spokesman Lu Kang briefed the media on it –

“First I want to clarify that I don’t recall saying anything about the deadline about the UNSC committee and other UN subsidiary bodies. I could reiterate that China will continue to adopt responsible attitude and participate in the deliberations in the UNSC 1267 Committee. I want to say that China always adopts a responsible attitude, engage in consultations with various parties and properly deal with this issue. The discussions, I want to say must follow the rules and procedures of the relevant bodies and only the solution that is acceptable to all sides is conducive for resolving the issue.”

China is a vetoing member at the UNSC and they have blocked the move by India, and other three members in the past.

Recently, the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou travelled to Pakistan and met with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

India on Saturday urged all UNSC to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist because all members know about JeM training camps and the presence of terror group’s chief Masood Azhar in Pakistan.