China stonewalls efforts to get JeM chief proscribed by UN
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 15, 2009, 14:30
New Delhi: India's efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and two top commanders of Lashkar-e-Toiba proscribed by the UN Security Council have been stone-walled by China despite India issuing demarches and furnishing proof of their involvement in terrorist activities.

China has put a "technical hold" on a move in the UNSC to declare Azhar and LeT terrorists Azam Cheema and Abdur Rahman Makki as terrorists under its Resolution 1267 of December last year.

India has issued demarches (diplomatic notes) to China seeking its support for the resolution and provided detailed proof about Azhar's involvement in terrorism but China refuses to budge, official sources said here.

"Ample evidence has been provided to China but it continues to say it is not enough," a source said.

China is the only member of the 15-nation grouping to block the move, sources said.

Earlier, Britain also had blocked the resolution but decided to support it later when India provided it with proof about their involvement.

Azhar was one of the three terrorists to be released by India in exchange for hostages on board the hijacked Indian Airlines plane IC-814 in 1999.

New Delhi has detailed how Azhar and JeM, the outfit he founded soon after release from here, were involved in several terror attacks, including on Parliament in December 2001.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, November 15, 2009, 14:30

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