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China continues to protect JeM chief Azhar; vetoes sanctions yet again

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kept Masood Azhar, the of the terrorist organisation (JeM), under its protective wings, vetoing a fourth attempt to declare him a global terrorist and sanction him.

was the only member to vote on Wednesday against the proposal spearheaded by with and US backing to at the sanctions committee to declare him a global terrorist.

The move to sanction him picked up steam after the Pulwama by JeM, which killed 40 Indian Security personnel.

Wednesday was the deadline for to take a decision and with Beijing's veto, the proposal will remain on hold.

In New Delhi, the expressed disappointment over the outcome.

"This has prevented action by the international community to designate the of (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in on 14 February 2019," the statement said.

"We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice," the statement said.

The US had said on Tuesday that China's opposition to designating as an international terrorist runs counter to the mutual goal with the US of regional stability.

As the founder and of JeM, "meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations" as a global terrorist subject to its sanctions, Department said.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 01:16 IST