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UN Secretariat informs Security Council Sanctions Committee 'China placed hold' on Azhar proposal

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

The has informed the members of the that "has placed a hold on the proposal to list Pakistan-based as a global terrorist, just one hour before the deadline.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaida of the was moved by the three Permanent Members of the Council, France, the UK and the US on February 27. More than a dozen member states had co-sponsored the proposal.

A note by the to the members of the 1267 and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, seen by PTI, said that "the Secretariat wishes to inform the members of the Committee that has placed a hold on the proposal from the US, the UK and to "add an individual, Mohammad Alvi" to the and Al Qaida Sanctions List.

The hold by on the proposal will be valid for up to six months and it can be extended for another three months if a Committee member asks for additional time to consider the proposal.

"Big,small & many...1 big state holds up, again ...1 small signal @UN against terror. Grateful to the many states - big & small - who in unprecedented numbers, joined as co-sponsors of the effort," Syed Akbaruddin, India's at the United Nations, tweeted.

In New Delhi, the expressed disappointment at the outcome, saying this has prevented action by the international community to designate the of (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organisation which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in on February 14.

said it was grateful for the efforts of the Member States who moved the designation proposal and the unprecedented number of all other members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors.

After being moved in the Sanctions Committee, the proposal had been under the no-objection period and Committee members had a period of 10 working days to raise any objections to it.

The no-objection period deadline was to end 3 pm Wednesday (12:30am IST). But at around 2 pm, just one hour before the expiry of the deadline,

China informed the Committee it was putting a hold on the proposal. A UN told that wanted "more time to examine" the proposal.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 14:25 IST