Playing diplomatically well over a firm stand, China remains cryptic about UN ban on Masood Azhar

NewsBharati    11-Mar-2019
New Delhi, March 11: Referring to the resolution by the UN declaring Pakistan based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, China on Monday has reiterated their viewpoint saying that only a responsible solution resulting out of discussions can ease the tensions between Pakistan and India.

While the UN resolution is expected to be taken out by 1267 committee by 13th of March, China, which has blocked three times such moves by India and other members of the UNSC, is yet to announce its stand.
When asked about India's appeal and China's stand on the issue, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, "First I would like to say that the UNSC as a main body of the UN has strict standards and rules of procedures”.
“China's position on the designation of a terrorist by the United Nations is consistent and clear. China adopted a responsible attitude, follows the rules of the procedure of the committee and participated in the discussions in a responsible manner. Only through discussions can we come up with a responsible solution”, he added.
The US, the UK and France had moved a proposal at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) after the Pulwama terrorist attack to designate the chief of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) which claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack, as a global terrorist.
“Recently India and Pakistan has experienced a lot. We think those indents are not in the interest of peace and stability in the region. We have engaged in mediation efforts with both sides and held talks to promote the easing of tensions. We made enormous efforts. While exchanging ideas, security is an important topic and I can say that our talks were wide ranging quite deep," he added further.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou had travelled to Pakistan and held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and other officials.
Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14. Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26.