Five reasons why India wants Masood Azhar censured

Jaish-e-Mohammad group chief Maulana Masood Azhar was to be designated as a 'global terrorist'

Although Jaish-e-Muhammed has been blacklisted by the United Nations since 2001, Azhar is not specifically designated as a terrorist, allowing him to raise money for the group through front organisations inside Pakistan, according to Indian and USA officials.

Jaitley's remarks came soon after the Congress blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign policy vis-a-vis China for the latter yet again blocking the bid to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)'s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

The Pakistan-based terrorist group claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide auto bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir that killed 40 members of its security forces, bringing the volatile nations to the brink of a full-blown war.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the diplomat gave a feeling of what the other states felt after China yet again blocked the listing of the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief, Masood Azhar at the UN Security Council.

China's surprising stand at the United Nations for putting on hold the ban on Pakistan- based terrorist Jaish-e Mohammed chief Masood Azhar has sparked off a virtual war in the social media platforms. The attack brought India and China's all-weather ally, Pakistan, to the brink of a military standoff, and prompted the global community to urge the neighbours to exercise restraint. "Also raises serious questions about the benefits of Modi's photo-op diplomacy with Xi Jinping", tweeted Sadanand Dhume from American Enterprise Institute. Has Modi government's diplomatic overtures with China failed?

He said this time, France, America and Britain brought the proposal to declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

Senior Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir landed plumb in a controversy when he compared the JeM founder to the Nobel peace laureate on Twitter on Wednesday. The last time China blocked the move was in April 2016, months after the Jaish attack on the Pathankot air base.

"If China continues to block this designation, responsible member-states may be forced to pursue other actions at the UNSC".

The Chinese veto at UN Security Council has instantly become an election issue in India.

Reports have asked the spokesperson about the Beijing stand on Kashmir and he has reiterated what he has said earlier: "This is an issue that is left over between India and Pakistan. China was isolated as it was the only UNSC member to oppose it", said Dr Srikanth Kondapalli, a professor in Chinese Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

India's trade ministry said in an email the country can't take any unilateral punitive action against a fellow member of the World Trade Organization.

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