China has blocked India’s request to add the head of the Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammad to a U.N. Security Council blacklist of groups linked to al Qaeda.
India has accused Jaish-e-Mohammad and its top leader, Maulana Masood Azhar, of masterminding several attacks, including a deadly assault on an Indian air base in January.
Pakistani security officials interrogated Azhar and his associates after the attack, and found no evidence linking him to it.
Foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said on Friday that India had requested that Azhar be added to the list nine months ago and had received strong backing from all other members of the council.
But China, which put a hold on the move in April, had now blocked it, he said.
“We had expected China would have been more understanding of the danger posed to all by terrorism,” he said in a rue statement.
China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment late on Friday evening.
India has long accused its neighbour and rival Pakistan of using Jaish-e-Mohammad as a proxy to mount attacks on Indian soil, including in the disputed Kashmir region. India however has failed to prove the its accusations.
Pakistan has always strongly denied giving any aid to Kashmir-based liberators. -Reuters