Masood Azhar. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
China's foreign ministry said today there was "absence of consensus" to declare Pak-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, a move which is being pushed by India at the UN.
The ministry of external affairs said it was "deeply disappointed" with China blocking the move to declare Masood a global terrorist by the world body.
"We raised a technical hold so as to allow more time for the committee and its members to deliberate on this matter. But there is still an absence of consensus on this matter," foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said with just hours left for China's technical hold on a proposal by the US, France and Britain to list Azhar as a global terrorist is set to lapse.
China has repeatedly blocked India's effort to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the world body under Pakistan's influence.
The foreign ministry spokesman said: "We will continue to follow the mandate of the committee and its rules of procedure and remain in constant communication and coordination with the members of the committee."
"The Committee is yet to reach an agreement. This is a fact," the spokesman added.
In August, China had extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK- backed proposal to designate Masood Azhar a global terrorist by the UN.
China had once again blocked the move in February to designate Azhar who India alleges was the mastermind behind the Pathankot terror attack last year.
According to UN rules, if China does not extend the technical hold, Azhar would automatically be designated a global terrorist.
China has often asked India to discuss Masood's issue directly with Pakistan.
Last year China was the only member in the 15- nation UN organization to put a hold on India's application with all other 14 members of the Council supporting New Delhi's bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.