New Delhi: China has again declined to back India’s appeal to list Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations following Thursday’s Pulwama attack that killed 40 jawans.
China has remained defiant in supporting India’s efforts to list Jiash chief Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.
China, however, expressed ‘deep shock’ over the Pulwama terror attack.
“China has noted the reports of suicide terrorist attack. We are deeply shocked by this attack. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families,” spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang told a media briefing in Beijing.
“We firmly oppose and strongly condemn all forms of terrorism. We hope relevant regional countries will cooperate to cope with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold regional peace and stability,” Geng said.
When asked about China’s stand on the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council, he said: “As for the issue of listing, I could tell you that the 1267 Committee of Security Council has a clear stipulation on the listing and procedure of the terrorist organisations.”
“JeM has been included in the Security Council terrorism sanctions list. China will continue to handle the relevant sanctions issue in a constructive and responsible manner,” Geng said in an apparent reference to India’s External Affairs Ministry’s appeal to all members of the UN Security Council to list Azhar as a global terrorist.
China is a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council and has repeatedly blocked India’s request on Azhar.
India has tried to get Azhar listed as a global terrorist since 2008-09, soon after the Mumbai attacks, but China put a technical hold on it.
India again put out a request in February 2016, soon after the Pathankot attacks. China vetoed that too.
As recently as January 2017, an effort by US, UK and France was also scuttled by China.
Forty Central Reserve Police Force jawans died on Thursday in the deadliest attack in Kashmir till date, when an explosives-laden SUV rammed into their truck in Pulwama.
The attack, claimed by the Jaiesh-e-Mohammed, was carried out by a lone wolf terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar from Kakapora who had joined the group in 2018.
Masood Azhar was released by the Atal Behari Vajpayee government in 1999, along with Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar and Omar Sheikh, as part of a prisoner exchange for passengers of the hijacked Indian Airlines flight IC-814.