France freezes assets of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar

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France, the US and the UK had moved a proposal at the UN to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist after the February 14 Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

"This is in line with the rules of the committee and China sincerely hopes that relevant action taken by this committee will help relevant countries to engage in dialogue and consultation and prevent adding more complicated factors into regional peace and stability", he was quoted as saying by media reports.

Swaraj's comments came a day after the Congress described Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign policy as "a series of diplomatic disasters" as China blocked the United Nations Security Council's move.

Meanwhile, China was the only country in the UNSC to block the proposal to designate Azhar as a terrorist under a resolution that imposed sanctions on supporters of Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and the Taleban.

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Chinese products - from mobile phones made by companies such as Xiaomi Inc to toys - are ubiquitous in India and trade between the countries grew to almost $90 billion in the year ending March 2018. Of course, China is going to lose any credibility about its role in counter-terrorism.

As China vetoed a possible United Nations declaration that Masood Azhar is an worldwide terrorist, the Congress alleged that the Narendra Modi government is failure in building a diplomatic offensive against terrorism. "In 2019, India has the worldwide support". "An open debate and vote will mean China publicly having to explain its support to an acknowledged terrorist even as other Member States call for his ban", he added.

India retaliated by sending fighter jets inside Pakistan for the first time in almost five decades to hit what it claimed was a training camp belonging to Jaish-e-Muhammed. France along with the United States and the United Kingdom had moved a proposal in the UN Security Council to designate the JeM chief as a "global terrorist". Besides an attack on its parliament in 2001, India blames the JeM for attacks on an air base in Punjab and a military camp in Kashmir in 2016. But UNSC designation would have put curbs on his activities.

After the Balakot strike, the BJP and Modi were speaking from a position of strength, while Indian diplomats fanned out across the world, trying to aggressively pitch for India's viewpoint, showing evidence of the Jaish chief's involvement in terrorist activities. The list has more than 100 individuals or entities from Pakistan who are Pakistani nationals or non-Pakistani residents in Pakistan or groups based in that country.

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