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'Double standards' will only undermine efforts to combat terror

'Double standards' will only undermine efforts to combat terror

This is the second year in running that China has blocked the move to get Azhar listed with the UNSC committee.

The JeM, founded by Azhar, has already been in the U.N.'s list of banned terror outfits.

"China proposed a technical hold, the aim of which was to give more time for the committee members to discuss it and for relevant parties to have further consultations", Hua told a daily news briefing.

Expressing strong displeasure over China's repeated blocking of UN Security Council's move to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, India on Thursday said "selective approach" to the issue will undermine the global efforts to combat terror.

But China, a member of the U.N. Security Council, has repeatedly put a technical hold on the Indian request citing a lack of consensus, a claim India rejects. "But there is still an absence of consensus (among the member countries)", spokesperson Hua Chunying said. Following that, China vetoed the application submitted by UK, France, and United States to the "1267 committee" of the UNSC. All other 14 countries of the 15-member security council supported the move by the USA and France, news agency PTI said. China's actions are meant to ensure that we safeguard the authority and effectiveness of this committee and we will continue to follow the mandate of the committee and rules of procedure, and remain in constant communication and coordination with all members of the committee. "The Committee has its own rules of procedure. It is a fact that the committee is yet to reach agreement".

The move came hours before the 3 PM deadline today at the United Nations headquarters in NY, wherein they informed the Security Council about its decision citing lack of unanimity.

"Deeply disappointed once again after a single country blocked worldwide consensus on designation of an acknowledged terrorist Masood Azhar", the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Sources said that the issue of Masood Azhar, however, will be definitely discussed in December, when Indian and USA officials meet for their first dialogue on terrorist designations.

Past year in March, China was the only member in the 15-nation UN organ to put a hold on India's application with all other 14 members of the council supporting New Delhi's bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.

Maulana Masood Azhar, head of Pakistan's militant Jaish-e-Mohammad party.