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Will continue to work with sanctions committee to ensure designations list is updated, US on Masood Azhar

File photo of Masood Azhar. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 14, 2019, 09.14 AM (IST)

After China blocked United Nations Security Council's(UNSC) bid to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the US embassy in a statement said that it will continue working with the sanctions committee to ensure that the designations list is updated and accurate.

Before the close of the deadline, China put the UNSC proposal on hold seeking "more time to examine" to examine the case. China has vetoed the proposal on Azhar on three separate occasions earlier - 2009, 2016 and 2017.

The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. According to the listing rules of the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee, if no objection is received by the end of the no-objection period, the decision will be deemed adopted.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the ministry of external affairs(MEA) in a statement said: "We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorists involved in attacks on Indian citizens are brought to justice."

"We are disappointed," the MEA added.

"We are grateful to all countries who supported the bid to designate Azhar as a global terrorist," MEA said.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had said on Wednesday that India cannot have dialogue with Pakistan unless the neighbouring country acted against terror outfits on its soil, asserting that "talks and terror cannot go together".