Outraged over China blocking for the fourth time a move to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, the United States has warned that they “may be forced to pursue other actions” at the Security Council if Beijing continued with this policy.
“If China is serious about these goals, it should not protect terrorists from Pakistan or any other country from being held accountable to the Council. If China continues to block this designation, responsible member states may be forced to pursue other actions at the Security Council. It shouldn’t have to come to that,” a US diplomat said.
The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity to give a sense of the feeling of other members of the Security Council after China blocked the move to designate Azhar a global terrorist. This is the fourth time that China has placed a hold on this listing.
“This is the fourth time that China has placed a hold on this listing. China should not prevent the Committee from doing the job the Security Council has entrusted it to do,” another security council diplomat told PTI.
Claiming that China has been inconsistent with combating terror, the US diplomat said, “Pakistan has often depended on China to protect it from the listing of Pakistan-based terrorist groups and individuals in the UN 1267 sanctions committee.”
A US diplomat in the United Nations Security Council said, “The case for designating Masood Azhar, the leader of a group the UN already calls an al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organisation, is undeniable. China should not prevent the committee from doing the job the Security Council has entrusted it to do.”
Saying China may face action from UNSC member states, the diplomat added
the American diplomat said, “China’s move to hold the listing is inconsistent with its own stated goals of combating terrorism and furthering regional stability in South Asia. “
(with agency inputs)