US piles pressure on China over Azhar ban

US piles pressure on China over Azhar ban

US piles pressure on China over Azhar ban

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Washington, Mar 21:

China has a responsibility not to shield Pakistan, a senior Trump administration official has said, expressing deep disappointment over Beijing’s decision to block a bid in the UN to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”.

Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) led by Azhar claimed responsibility for the February 14 terrorist attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama which killed 40 Indian security personnel.“We think China has a responsibility not to shield Pakistan and join the international community in calling on Pakistan to take action against terrorists operating on its soil,” the senior Trump administration official said on Wednesday.

After the Pulwama attack, the US, France and Britain moved a resolution in the UN Sanctions Committee of the Security Council to designate Azhar as a “global terrorist”.The move suffered a setback as China put a “technical hold” on the proposal for the fourth time, a move India termed as disappointing.

“We believe China and the US share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace. And that any failure on the Security Council to designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist would run counter to this mutual goal that China and the United States have,” the official said.

The US is also working at the United Nations, urging Pakistan to uphold its responsibilities pursuant to its UN Security Council commitments to deny safe haven and support to terrorists and to freeze the funds and financial assets of entities on the UN Security Council 1267 sanctions list.

Senthil Trinitymirror

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