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Blocking Azhar's terror tag to help India, Pak find lasting solution: China

The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

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Masood Azhar

on Thursday sought to defend its fourth technical hold at the to block the designation of Pakistan-based JeM as a global terrorist, saying it would help the parties concerned to engage in more talks to find a "lasting solution" acceptable to all.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 of the was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the (JeM) killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between and

The members had 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal. Just before the deadline ended, put a "technical hold" on the proposal seeking "more time to examine" it.

The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

Asked why once again resorted to block the move, told a here that Beijing's decision is in line with the rules of the committee.

China "sincerely hopes that relevant action taken by this committee will help relevant countries to engage in dialogue and consultation and prevent adding more complicated factors into regional peace and stability," he said.

"As to the technical hold at the 1267 Committee our action is to make sure that the committee will have enough time to study the matter so that the relevant sides will have time for dialogue and consultation," Lu said.

"Only a solution that is acceptable to all sides could fundamentally provide a chance for a lasting solution to the issue. China is ready to communicate and coordinate with all sides including to properly handle this issue," he said.

Wednesday expressed disappointment soon after China put a technical hold on designating Azhar.

The said India will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that leaders of terror groups involved in heinous attacks on Indian citizens are brought to justice.

"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 February 14," the MEA said.

Without naming China, it said the UN's 1267 was not able to come to a decision on the proposal for listing Azhar on account of a member placing the proposal on hold.

To another question on the summit between and Chinese last year to improve the bilateral relations, Lu said, "Xi and Modi met four times. Particularly summit made great progress. China is full of sincerity and ready to work with India to build on the consensus of our leaders for greater progress in the bilateral relations."

On the issue, Lu said China's position on it is clear and consistent.

"This is an issue that is left over between India and We hope that the two sides will engage in friendly dialogue consultation and solve this issue and other related issues," he said.

First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 13:10 IST
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