China again blocked an initiative to tag Jaish-e Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by the United Nations Security Council. Beijing’s move on Wednesday came as the Security Council was to take up a resolution on the matter, days after the February 14 Jaish attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in which 40 soldiers died. The resolution, say sources, was backed by unprecedented number of countries going into the “double digits”. India said it was “disappointed by this outcome”.
In a big development, France has come out in support of India and announced that it will move a proposal at the United Nations this week to impose a ban on Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of the Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) terror group. It may be noted that the ghastly terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir last week, in which 40 paramilitary personnel were martyred, was carried out by the JeM. The JeM is already in the UN list of banned terror groups.