Listing of Azhar as global terrorist by UN will be ‘properly resolved’: China

BEIJING, Apr 30: China said on Tuesday that “some progress” has been achieved on designating Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, and expressed hope that the vexed issue will be “properly resolved,” but refused to give any timeline.
The comments by the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman on Tuesday came days after President Xi Jinping met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan here.
China put a technical hold in March on a fresh proposal to impose a ban on the head of Pakistan-based JeM, which claimed responsibility for the deadly Pulwama terror attack. It was for the fourth time that China blocked Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist by the UN.
“Regarding the listing issue in the 1267 Committee, we have expressed our position many times and I just want to
stress two points,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said, answering a number of questions on designating Azhar as a global terrorist under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.
“I can only say that I believe that this will be properly resolved,” Geng said during a media briefing here.
He was responding to questions on the media reports that China has reportedly consented to lift its technical hold on a fresh proposal moved by France, the UK and the US to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee.
Asked about the recent visit of Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to Beijing during which he held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and shared the technical evidence of JeM’s involvement in the Pulwama terror attack, Geng reiterated that China is still working with the relevant parties.
“I believe with the joint efforts of all parties, this will be properly resolved,” he said.
The efforts to resolve Azhar’s listing issue gathered momentum last week with the visit of Imran Khan to Beijing to attend China’s 2nd Belt and Road Forum which was held here from 25-27 April.
During the visit, Khan held talks with Xi, besides meeting Premier Li Keqiang and Vice President Wang Qishan during which India-Pakistan tension following the Pulwama terror attack as well as listing of Azhar reportedly figured.
An official statement of China issued after Xi-Khan meeting on Sunday said the Chinese President had expressed hope that Pakistan and India can meet each other halfway and improve their relations. (PTI)