"This has prevented action by the worldwide community to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019", the statement said.
On Wednesday, China was the only Security Council member to oppose the proposal spearheaded with renewed vigour by France with British and USA backing at the al-Qaeda sanctions committee to declare him a global terrorist and impose sanctions on him.
For the fourth time in the last ten years, China on Wednesday blocked the proposal moved by the US, France and the United Kingdom, among others, on February 27.
Pakistan has categorically denied any involvement in the attack and offered India to investigate the matter.
The Indian dossier was supplementing the diplomatic efforts undertaken by the permanent members, and of other co-sponsors like Germany. "China is ready to communicate and coordinate with all sides including India to properly handle this issue", he observed.More news: Alleged Gambino crime family boss killed, police say
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Reportedly, China in its note to Security Council said it needed more time to examine the sanctions request targeting Masood Azhar.
On February 14th, a member of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a deadly attack in Pulwama, leading to the death of over 40 CRPF jawans. The MEA posted a statement in response to a query on Beijing's role: "We are deeply disappointed that once again, a single country has blocked global consensus on the designation of an acknowledged terrorist and leader of UN-designated terrorist organisation, Masood Azhar".
However, Azhar has been the redline for Beijing and as it has for a decade protected him. "Let's see how generous he is", she said.
"Why did the Pakistani military attack us on behalf of JeM?"
Pressuring Pakistan to deliver on its counter-terrorism commitments and the move to designate Azhar a global terrorist figured in foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale's meeting with USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo.
It was the third time that the UN Security Council was considering a resolution to put Azhar on the UN sanctions blacklist, which would subject him to a global travel ban and assets freeze.
Azhar founded Jaish-e-Muhammed, or the Army of Mohammed, in 2000 in Pakistan and has used the group to funnel weapons, cash and other support to the Taliban and al-Qaida, according to the United States. This gives China the power to quash the resolution.