On Masood Azhar, Chinese Envoy Says “Matter Will Be Resolved”

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Jaish-e-Mohammed had taken responsibility for Pulwama attack (File)

New Delhi:

Reacting to China's block on India's push in the United Nations to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui has assured that the matter would be resolved.

"Regarding Masood Azhar, we fully understand and we fully believe this matter. We understand India's concerns and are optimistic that this matter will be resolved," he was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

"This matter will be resolved, this is only a technical hold which means there is time for continued consultations. It will be resolved believe me," he added.

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Earlier this week, China again blocked the proposal to blacklist Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist" by the UN Security Council by placing a "technical hold" on it. The proposal was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after the Pulwama terror attack that increased tensions between Pakistan and India. The listing would have put strict restrictions on Azhar, including the seizure of his assets.

In its first response, India said it was "disappointed" with the outcome but stopped short of naming China.

China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council and a self-described "all-weather ally" of Pakistan, has blocked India's proposal from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee in 2009 and 2016. In 2017, Beijing also blocked a move by the US, the UK and France to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.

A UNSC designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo. An assets freeze under the Sanctions Committee requires that all states freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities.

40 CRPF personnel were killed in a suicide attack by a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama last month. After the attack, Indian jets destroyed a training camp of the group in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Following the strike, Indian Air Force planed thwarted a Pakistan attack on military installations. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman shot down Pakistan's F-16, but crashed in PoK after being hit. He was captured by Pakistan and released after over 60 hours in custody.

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