China again showed its true colors and intentions, by defending terrorist Masood Azhar, on Wednesday, by refusing to put a ban upon him and declaring him a global threat. This is the 4th time in 10 years that China has defended the JeM (Jaish-E-Mohammed) chief.
Along with India, other countries namely France, UK, US, and Germany among others, had proposed a ban and ‘global terrorist tag’ for Masood, under the UN’s 1267 committee. This would have meant a total halt and restriction on his assets and travel.
In its defense for standing by Masood, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said, "Our action is to make sure that the committee will have enough time to study the matter so that the relevant sides will have time for dialogue and consultation".
"Only a solution that is acceptable to all sides could fundamentally provide a chance for a lasting solution to the issue. China is ready to communicate and coordinate with all sides including India to properly handle this issue.
"China conducts thorough and in-depth assessment of these applications and we still need more time, so that is why we put forward the technical hold," he concluded.
The plan for the ban on Masood was proposed on February 27th, by the UK, the US, and France. This reaction came after the killing of 40 CRPF Indian soldiers in J&K’s Pulwama, on February 14th, by a JeM suicide bomber. And this ban proposal was supported by a large number of nations, backing India.
“It was disappointed by the outcome”, India said after China’s stand on Masood.
"We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice," read a statement issued by the Indian Foreign Ministry.
The already sour relations between India and Pakistan will only get worse from here, after what China has done. India will also look at its relationship with the 'dragon' in a different way.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook