In yet another attempt to shield terrorists based in Pakistan, China has blocked India’s bid to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist for the fourth time.
Action comes despite the India’s huge diplomatic pressure to ban the JeM chief, who is the mastermind behind the ghastly suicide bomb attack in Jammu and Kashmir, which left 44 CRPF jawans dead. After the February-14 Pulwama terrorist attack, the US, the UK and France had moved the United Nations (UN) to declare Masood a global terrorist on February 27. However, China has again chosen to side with its ‘all-weather friend’ Pakistan, citing it wanted a solution (of the conflict in J&K) ‘acceptable to all’.
Countries all over the world had supported India’s fight against terrorism after the Pulwama attack, following which 11 countries had co-sponsored the move to ban his organisation. Except China, all member countries of the UNSC had supported the move. India had also got support from all the European countries in the Security Council and four other prominent nations outside the UNSC. The signals from Beijing were that they are consistent on their position and they wanted a solution acceptable to all. It was becoming clear which way they were headed.