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China again blocks UN terror tag for JeM chief Masood Azhar

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United Nations: China has again extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK-backed proposal to list Pakistani terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist by the United Nations.

China had in February this year blocked the US move to designate Azhar as a global terrorist at UN. The deadline for China to take action on its technical hold was till August 2.

If China would not have extended the technical hold, Masood Azhar would have automatically been designated under the United Nations as a terrorist.

As per sources, the hours before the deadline lapsed, China once again sought a three-month extension until November 2 on its technical hold on the proposal.

A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s move to put a ban on the JeM terrorist under the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.

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