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China block on JeM chief Masood Azhar will not affect our resolve to fight

India today asserted that China's continuous blocking of Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar's designation as a global terrorist by the UN will not deter it from fighting terrorism.

Published: 03rd November 2017 08:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd November 2017 10:55 PM   |  A+A-

Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Mulana Masood Azhar (File | AFP)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: India today asserted that China's continuous blocking of Pakistan-based JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) chief Masood Azhar's designation as a global terrorist by the UN will not deter it from fighting terrorism.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India's concern over the issue has been raised with the Chinese side at various levels, including at the highest.

However, he did not categorically say whether India raised the issue after China's recent block of a proposal, moved by the US, the UK and France, to ban Azhar by the UN.

"I think the decision by a country to block a consensus should not be seen as an end to our counter-terrorism efforts.

What is important is that it does not, in any way, take away our resolve to fight terrorism," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

During a media briefing, he said India will continue to work with like-minded countries to fight terrorism.

"It will not impact our resolve to fight terror...to keep Indian territory safe," he said, referring to China's decision.

China yesterday had for the fourth time blocked the bid to list Pathankot terror attack mastermind Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, saying "there is no consensus" within the members of the sanctions committee.

A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India, the US and other nations' bid to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.



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