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‘Positive progress’ on Masood Azhar ban: China

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also said the problem would be "properly resolved" but did not give any timeline.

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Updated: May 01, 2019, 08.59 AM IST
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China hints at ‘positive development’ at UN on listing of Masood Azhar
China hints at ‘positive development’ at UN on listing of Masood Azhar
New Delhi: China said on Tuesday that on designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, “positive progress” had been made indicating that listing under 1267 sanctions committee will happen soon.

It will be a big diplomatic win for India, which has been pushing for Azhar’s listing for years.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also said the problem would be "properly resolved" but did not give any timeline.

Sources say there could be a decision on this as early as tomorrow.

China put a technical hold in March on a fresh proposal to ban Masood Azhar, the head of the Pakistan-based Jaish, which claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack. It was the fourth time that China had blocked Masood Azhar's listing as a global terrorist by the UN.

"I can only say that I believe that this will be properly resolved," Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing, responding to media reports that China had consented to lift its technical hold on May 1 on a fresh proposal moved by France, the UK and the US to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.

Sources say the US, UK and France have been working hard to step up pressure on Beijing by taking the issue directly to the powerful UN Security Council. China insists that it should be resolved at the 1267 Committee whose proceedings are not publicised.

Though China can exercise its veto as a permanent member of the UNSC, Beijing has staunchly opposed taking the issue to the UN body as it has to publicly explain its stand on Masood Azhar.

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