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Responsible UNSC members may be forced to pursue other actions: UNSC diplomat on Masood Azhar

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Outraged by blocking for the fourth time a move to designate a global terrorist, responsible members warned they "may be forced to pursue other actions" at the if continued with this policy.

"If continues to block this designation, responsible member-states may be forced to pursue other actions at the It shouldn't have to come to that," a told in an unusual tough warning to

The spoke on condition of anonymity to give a sense of the feeling of other members of the Security Council after China blocked the move to designate Azhar a global terrorist. previously put a technical hold on similar proposals at the thrice.

In the aftermath of the Pulwama terrorist attack, three permanent members of Security Council the US, and the UK had moved a resolution to designate Azhar a glocal terrorist.

Except for China, which wields veto power in the Security Council, all other members were on board with the move before the al-Qaida (1267)

has expressed disappointment over China's decision but said it will "pursue all available avenues" to bring to justice terrorist leaders involved in attack on Indians.

"This is the fourth time that China has placed a hold on this listing. China should not prevent the Committee from doing the job the Security Council has entrusted it to do," another security council told in response to a question.

"China's move to hold the listing is inconsistent with its own stated goals of combatting and furthering regional stability in South Asia," said the diplomat, requesting not to be named to speak frankly, given that the deliberations of the UN are confidential, thus preventing member-countries from talking about it in public.

The second security council diplomat also slammed for depending on China to protect terrorist groups and leaders that operate from its soil.

"has quite often depended on China to protect it from the listing of Pakistan-based terrorist groups and individuals in the UN 1267 sanctions committee," the diplomat said.

"The case for designating the of a group the UN already calls an al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organization is undeniable," the diplomat said.

On Tuesday, the had said that Azhar meets the criteria for designation by the

"Our views on and its founder are well known. is a UN-designated terrorist group," State Department told reporters.

"Azhar is the founder and the of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace," Palladino said.

The State Department referred to this statement on Wednesday when asked about the latest developments in

I would say that the and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal, Palladino said.

Congressman described the Chinese move as unacceptable.

Once again, China has blocked the UN from imposing sanctions on Masood Azhar, the of Jaish-e-Mohammed, which carried out the Pulwama attack in in February. This is unacceptable, he said.

I urge to allow the UN to place sanctions on Azhar, the leader of a UN-recognized terrorist organization, said.

Several American think-tank members slammed China for its decision delaying the Azhar listing.

Today, China doubled down on a very bad bet. It blocked yet another round of UN sanctions on Pakistan-based JeM weeks after the group claimed credit for the deadliest terror attack in Kashmir, from the said.

This one won't be undone by another romantic stroll through Wuhan, he said, indicating that such a move by Beijing would only escalate the tension between and China.

Not entirely unexpected, but nonetheless a slap to India's face after last month's bloody suicide-bombing in Also raises serious questions about the benefits of Modi's photo-op diplomacy with Xi Jinping, tweeted Sadanand Dhume from

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 07:40 IST