In yet another setback to India’s bid to designate JeM Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, China on 13 March put a ‘technical hold’ on a proposal in the UN Security Council to ban him.

Bharat Karnad, Research Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director at the Asia Program, and Sharat Sabharwal, Former High Commissioner to Pakistan, join the discussion on the implications of the move and the way forward for India.

China on Thursday, 14 March, defended its fourth “technical hold” on the designation of Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, saying the move would give it time for a “thorough and in-depth assessment” of the case and help the parties concerned to engage in more talks to find a “lasting solution” acceptable to all.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.

(With inputs from PTI)

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