NEW DELHI: The Congress Party on Friday dubbed China’s move to block India's proposal to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar as ‘most unfortunate’, saying that nations encouraging terrorism with ulterior motives are heading towards a major problem.
“Chinas stand is hostile towards India. Groups like JeM are against India today, they’ll be against China tomorrow. Countries which encourage terrorism with some ulterior motive will have to face this tomorrow. China should realise that supporting JeM chief, even indirectly, is not in the interest of China. It is most unfortunate,” Congress leader P.C. Chacko told ANI.
In a major disappointment for India, China collaborated with Pakistan to block New Delhi's proposal to ban Masood Azhar.
Following the attack on the Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot killing seven Indian military personnel, India called on the United Nations for immediate action to list Azhar under the al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.
According to sources, 14 out of 15 countries were willing to designate Azhar but China alone decided to go against all the others in the bid.
The US, UK and France had strongly supported the move and the other nations had also expressed their consent to proceed with the action on Azhar.
But China, one of the five permanent members of the UN group with veto powers, collaborated with Pakistan to block the bid, sources add.
China is now the only country that has stood up for Masood Azhar more than once.