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US lawmaker 'disappointed' on China blocking Masood Azhar listing as global terrorist

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

A leading American lawmaker has expressed disappointment that has once again blocked at the the designation of as a global terrorist, saying has had "ample opportunity" to fulfil its international obligation.

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

Other than Pulwama, Azhar-led has been involved in several terror attacks in over nearly two decades.

It was responsible for the attack on on December 13, 2001 in which nine security personnel and officials were killed.

In January, 2016, a heavily armed group of attacked the Pathankot airbase in which seven security personnel were killed. The terror group also carried out the attack on headquarters in September 2016, killing 17 soldiers and injuring 30 others.

"I am disappointed that has decided yet again to block Masood Azhar's global terrorist designation at the UN Security Council," said Congressman Eliot Engel, of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Thursday.

"& have had ample opportunity to fulfil their international obligations," Engel said, a day after China for the fourth time in 10 years blocked a move in the to designate as a global terrorist.

too has said it was "disappointed" by China placing a hold on Azhar's designation.

China has said its move would give it time for a "thorough and in-depth assessment" of the case against Azhar.

Eminent Indian-American said the failure of UN designation of Azhar is "a breakdown" of the UNSC's "core mission: enhance peace and security".

"Preventing to designate a self-professed proud terrorist Masood Azhar, as a 'global terrorist', when (Pakistan) honourably returned Indian Abhinandan Varthaman, is beyond shameful. It is elevating the evil of state-sponsored to now becoming worthy of a Patron Saint's protection," he said.

"If P5 (permanent five) members become protectors of terror, it's only time before a new will declare independence and create a new world body that renders UNSC useless at best, or hold a P5 member vicariously liable for the evil they nurtured and protected," he said.

Except for China, all other UNSC members had supported the proposal to list Azhar, who lives in and operates his organisation from there, as a global terrorist.

"It is worth remembering that the has succeeded in preventing World War III; but that success has come at a very high price: eruption of regional wars all over the place and creating refugees and terrorists galore," Batra added.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 07:25 IST