On Friday, China once again defended its decision to repeatedly block attempts to list Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations, claiming there was a lack of consensus.
Masood Azhar is the chief of Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad and Indian government accuses it of having carried out several terror attacks in India, including the one on an Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in 2016, where 17 members of the Indian security forces were killed.
Jaish-e-Mohammad was banned in Pakistan in 2002 by the government of the then leader of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf. But even after that it has continued to operate quite openly in Pakistan, where it maintains several facilities.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi cited a lack of consensus among parties on the issue. “If all parties come to a consensus, we will support it,” he said. “But it is the parties that are rightly concerned who are not coming around to the same conclusion, like India and Pakistan don’t have the same conclusions.”
Wang made these comments while speaking at a conference organised by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.