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Decision to reject proposal against Masood taken with ease: China to India

China has cited lack of consensus among the 15-members of the UNSC and no solid proof against the terrorist

IANS  |  Beijing 

Jaish leader Masood Azhar held for Pathankot attack
Masood Azhar

on Thursday rejected India's criticism that is shielding Pakistani terrorist out of "narrow political and strategic concerns" and said Beijing's decision at the UN was "candid" and taken with "ease".

India on Wednesday slammed for repeatedly rejecting resolutions seeking to declare - chief of Pakistani terror group -- at the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Without naming China, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin told the Council that "on counter-terrorism, cooperation continues to elude the Council, as it falls victim to narrow political and strategic concerns".

The said had nothing to with the charges levelled by India.

"You have mentioned the narrow political consideration but we think we have acted in a candid way with ease. We have nothing to do with the narrow-minded political consideration," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said here.

"We should say that we firmly crackdown on various forms of international terrorism and on this issue we make our own judgements based on the merits of the matter.

"Like we said, the relevant move in the committee accords with the rules of the procedure of the committee and we will work with various parties to uphold the security and peace of the international community."

Last month, again blocked a move by Britain, France and the US to list Azhar, the mastermind of last year's attack on the Pathankot Indian Air Force base, as a global terrorist by using its veto power.

China has cited lack of consensus among the 15-members of the UNSC and no solid proof against the terrorist who is accused by India of plotting a deadly attack on the airbase in January 2016.

India says only China is not in favour of branding an international terrorist. The listing of Azhar has become a contentious issue between China and India.

The issue might come up for discussion on Friday when Chinese diplomat and India's Security Adviser meet for the border talks in New Delhi.

First Published: Thu, December 21 2017. 14:51 IST