China defends blocking India’s UN bid to ban JeM chief Masood
China on Friday defended its decision to once again block India’s bid at the UN to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief and mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack Maulana Masood Azhar, saying that it acts on such issues based on facts and rules in an “objective and just manner”.
Asked about China’s reported last minute move, putting a technical hold on India’s submission that Indian officials say was armed with strong evidence of the JeM’s terror activities and its role in the Pathankot attack, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that China “supports UN playing a central and coordinating role in international cooperation against terrorism”. “We always deal with the listing issue (banning militant groups and their leaders) under the UN Security Council committee established under resolution 1267 based on facts and relevant rules of procedures in an objective and just manner,” he said. “The Chinese side has always been in communication with relevant parties on the listing issue,” he said, hinting that China is also in touch with India on the issue.
This is not the first time China has blocked India’s bid to get Pakistan-based militant groups and leaders proscribed by the UN. The UN had banned the JeM in 2001 but India’s efforts for a ban on Masood after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack also did not fructify as China, one of the five permanent members of the UN group with veto powers, didn't allow the ban apparently at the behest of Pakistan again.