United Nations: China has once again blocked India’s bid at the United Nations to ban Pathankot terror attack mastermind and Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar.
Out of 15 countries, 14 have strongly supported India’s bid. However, China has alone opposed the bid without stating any reason, ANI quoted sources.
The fourteen countries include the US, UK and France.
The sources further add that China’s move is closely collaborated with Pakistan and the former has now become an only country that has stood up for Masood Azhar more than once.
Ahead of the Nuclear Summit 2016, India had expressed its desire to ensure that Azhar was proscribed by the UN."As regards the attack by JeM, we assure you that we will pursue the cause for justice.
It is not a cause that we will leave or have forgotten about. I can assure you that we are proceeding with our efforts to ensure that this organisation which is already proscribed by the UN also has its leaders proscribed and that is the primary effort right now," India`s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, told ANI.
Meanwhile, Pakistan`s Joint Investigating Team (JIT) that is probing the Pathankot attack reportedly told Indian officials that it is yet to find evidence to link Azhar to the terror attack.
The Indian investigators had asked the JIT for the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief`s voice samples but were told that Azhar`s role in the incident is still being verified.
India has in the past said Azhar and his brother Abdul Asghar Rauf were directly linked to the attack, which was planned at the JeM headquarters in Bahawalpur.
(With ANI inputs)