Will show patience with China 'as long as it takes': India on blacklisting Masood Azhar

File photo of JeM chief Masood Azhar. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 16, 2019, 01.37 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India has said that it is cautiously confident that eventually Masood Azhar, the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit, will be listed as a global terrorist. India continues to work with members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) regarding his blacklisting under the United Nations.

Three days after China placed a "technical hold" at the United Nations on the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist, India has expressed optimism stating that it will continue to push for Azhar's blacklisting for "as long as it takes". 

India is encouraged by the fact that 14 out of 15 members of the UNSC backed the proposal which was introduced by US, UK and France in February end which shows Islamabad's isolation and its indictment on the issue of terror.

New Delhi has also clarified it will not be cutting any deal regarding Azhar's listing with any country as terror is a non-negotiable issue. 

China has been blocking the listing of Azhar as a terrorist since 2009 and last week put a hold on his listing again for the fourth time. The hold continues for 9 months before which a decision on the JeM chief's blacklisting has to be made.

WION has learnt that New Delhi is willing to give more time to Beijing and is in touch with it. New Delhi said that China understands that terror remains a major challenge and that there are a number of terror groups located in Pakistan.

A government source told WION that India will wait patiently and will not rest until Azhar is listed, adding that New Delhi is prepared for a long haul. 

Meanwhile, the United States continues to support New Delhi. India's foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale was in Washington last week and met US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and US national security advisor John Bolton. India raised the issue of cross border terror emanating from Pakistan and its use of F16s in an offensive action against India on February 27. 

The US has taken note of India's concerns and agreed to seriously look into the matter. New Delhi hopes the US will soon go public with Pakistan's use of F16s and AMRAAM missiles against India. The US pointed out that the weapon system was given to Pakistan at an earlier period in their ties.

The US appreciated the fact that India kept them informed in real time during New Delhi's counter-terror efforts and Pakistan's launch of military strikes.

Meanwhile, China said on Friday it was willing to have more discussions with all parties concerned including India on blacklisting the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which claimed responsibility for the attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in February.

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China prevented a UN Security Council committee from blacklisting JeM founder Masood Azhar for the fourth time on Wednesday, a move that disappointed India.