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China blocks proposal at UN to list Masood Azhar as global terrorist, India calls it double standards

New Delhi: China has once again blocked proposal to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist by the United Nations.

Reacting to Beijing’s stance, New Delhi termed China’s decision as shocking.

Taking strong action to China’s decision, MEA said: “Chinese action confirms prevalence of double standards in the fight against terrorism.”

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “Decision by China to block proposal to list Masood Azhar as a terrorist is surprising as Beijing itself is affected by scourge of terrorism.”

India had submitted an application seeking sanctions against Azhar, which was before the UN’s Sanctions Committee which has 15 members, who are also in the Security Council.

China had in October extended its “technical hold” on India’s move to get Azhar banned by the UN. The current extension was scheduled to expire on December 31 and if China had not raised a further objection, the resolution designating Azhar a terrorist could have stand passed automatically.

Recently, the NIA filed charges against JeM chief and three others for plotting and executing the January 2 terror attack at an IAF base in Pathankot in Punjab.

Azhar and others have been accused of setting up terrorist camps in Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir to carry out terror attacks on India.

Source: Zee News