China stops India's bid against Masood Azhar, again

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15 Feb 2019

China blocks India's bid to declare Masood as global-terrorist, again

On Friday, China refused to back India's bid in the United Nations to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, despite the organization taking responsibility for the deadly Pulwama attack.

This is the fourth time China spoiled India's plans in this regard.

However, Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang expressed "deep shock" on the incident and called for peace.

Here's more.

Statement

China condemns attack but stays mum on JeM

China condemns attack but stays mum on JeM

In a press briefing, Geng hoped regional countries would come together to uphold peace and stability.

When asked about steps taken against JeM, Geng said, "JeM has been included in the Security Council terrorism sanctions list. China will continue to handle the relevant sanctions issue in a constructive and responsible manner."

China, Pakistan's close ally, wields veto power in the UNSC.

Looking back

Earlier too China didn't support India

In 2016 alone, China blocked India's plans to get Masood declared as a UN-designated terrorist twice.

Reportedly, China was the only country in the 15-member UNSC to oppose the ban.

Back then, China had said, "There should be no double standards on counter-terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism."

India has been pushing for Masood's listing since 2008-09.

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Terrorist

Previously, Masood was arrested but had to be released

Previously, Masood was arrested but had to be released

Masood has been waging war against India for decades now. He was arrested years ago but in 1999, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government released him after 155 Indian Airlines passengers were held hostage in Afghanistan.

In 2000, Masood formed JeM to "free Kashmir". His organization has been instrumental in radicalizing youth of the valley.

Notably, the terrorist who carried out the recent attack was a Pulwama resident.

Jaish was responsible for Pathankot attack as well

While China has been protecting Masood, India's concerns aren't unwarranted. Jaish was responsible for the Pathankot attack on India Air Force's (IAF) in 2016. Seven security personnel were martyred in the infamous attack.

MEA's stand

MEA blames Pakistan, US directs it to act against terrorism

The Pulwama incident, which was the worst attack in J&K in a decade, forced Ministry of External Affairs to act against Pakistan.

MEA blamed Pakistan for encouraging terrorism. On Friday, India withdrew the "Most Favored Nation" status as well.

Notably, the United States also asked Pakistan to immediately act against terrorism and stop providing safe haven to outfits.

Expert opinion

Former CIA expert hints at ISI's involvement

Former CIA expert hints at ISI's involvement

Meanwhile, Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst hasn't ruled out the possibility that ISI, Pakistan's spy agency, could be involved in the attack.

"The self-proclaimed involvement of JeM in the attack raises serious questions about the role of the ISI in supporting the masterminds of this operation," Riedel said.

He added Imran Khan government faces a real challenge after this brutal attack.

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Who is Masood Azhar?

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Masood Azhar is the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed.

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China and Pakistan are close allies and the former doesn't want to strain their relationships.

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Reports claimed as many as 44 army men lost their lives.

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Pulwama terror attack happened on February 14, 2019.

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