Washington, August 4: China has managed to stump the plan to declare Pakistan-based Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. China used its veto powers again to gather a 3-month extension until November 2.
The deadline for China to take actions on its hold ended on 2nd of August. China had in February this year blocked the US move to designate Pathankot terror attack mastermind Azhar as a global terrorist at United nation.
A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, Beijing has repeatedly blocked India's move to put a ban on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leader under the AlQaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. When a person is designated a global terrorist all his assets get frozen.
China was the only country in the 15-member 1267 counterterrorism committee of the UN Security Council which had objected to India’s application to list Azhar as a terrorist.
Notably, India has long accused its neighbour and rival Pakistan of using Jaish-e-Mohammad as a proxy to mount attacks on Indian soil, including in the disputed Kashmir region, and earlier gave what it called "actionable intelligence" to Pakistan, including telephone intercepts. Pakistan denies giving any aid to Kashmir-based militants.If Azhar was blacklisted by the U.N. Security Council, he would face a global travel ban and asset freeze.