Hours before the deadline expires for any member at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to object to the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, Germany on Wednesday joined as a co-sponsor proposing to list Azhar. The Lashkar-e-Tayyaba chief, Hafiz Saeed, and his deputy, Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi were both placed on the lost after the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
"China's move to hold the listing is inconsistent with its own stated goals of combatting terrorism and furthering regional stability in South Asia", said the diplomat, requesting not to be named given that the deliberations of the United Nations sanctions committee are confidential, thus preventing member-countries from talking about it in public.
In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, three permanent members of the UNSC -- the US, Britain and France -- have moved a resolution to designate Azhar as a global terrorist under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.
All eyes are on China, which has in the past blocked India's bids to get Azhar listed as a UN-designated global terrorist.
It said in a statement it would continue to pursue "all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice".
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ANI reported about India's ministry of external affairs response that stated, "We are disappointed by this outcome". The JeM had taken responsibility for the attack on a CRPF bus on February 14th at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in which over 40 personnel were killed.
China had previously prevented the sanctions committee from sanctioning Azhar in 2016 and 2017.
China is a permanent member of the Security Council.
The State Department referred to this statement on Wednesday when asked about the latest developments in NY. In an unusually tough message, the diplomat said Beijing "should not protect terrorists from Pakistan or any other country" if it is serious about combatting terrorism. "In 2008, JEM recruitment posters contained a call from Azhar for volunteers to join the fight in Afghanistan against western forces", according to the evidence furnished by the P-3 (US, France and UK) at the UNSC. However, signs from Beijing over the last two weeks had not shown any sign that it would change its mind. China will continue to communicate and work with relevant parties in a responsible manner so as to properly resolve this matter. Discussions on this issue must be conducted following the rules and procedures of the UN Security Council and its subsidiary bodies.
China has in the past said that it did not have enough information to list Azhar. She had said at the trilateral meeting with Russian and Chinese foreign ministers that Pakistan's inaction on JeM had triggered the airstrikes. In December 2001, Jaish fighters, along with members of another Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, attacked India's parliament, which nearly led to a fourth war between the two countries.