The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the United Kingdom and the USA 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. "Only through discussions can we come up with a responsible solution", he said. "We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice", it said.
In 2017, China had blocked Indian attempt to place the JeM chief on the global terrorist list on grounds that New Delhi had failed to provide any substantial evidence. China should not prevent the Committee from doing the job the Security Council has entrusted it to do.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi said in a statement that Pompeo expressed his "understanding" of India's concerns regarding cross-border terrorism.
Where the USA will play the definitive role in shaping the actions of China but it's the New Delhi which has approached Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey all of them is a close aide of Pakistan.
Pakistan-based Muslim cleric Masood Azhar founded the group after he was released by India in 1999, one of three men set free in exchange for the crew and passengers of an Indian Airlines plane hijacked and flown to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
"We already stressed China's position on the listing of terrorist organisations and individuals in the UN Security Council 1267 Committee on many occasions", Lu said on Monday.
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"They also agreed that those who support or abet terrorism in any form should be held accountable", the MEA said.
Jaish-e-Mohammad literally means the Army of Mohammad. "The JeM is a UN-designated terrorist group", State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters.
The JeM, he said, has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.
The request was moved by Britain, France and the United States, while Germany also joined as co-sponsor of the move on Wednesday.
A day before the decision, the U.S. said Azhar meets the criteria to be listed as a global terrorist and failure to do so would run counter to the goal of achieving regional stability and peace.
Congressman Brad Sherman described the Chinese move as unacceptable.
It further stated how China's non-cooperation has prevented any action by the global community to enlist the leader of JeM, a proscribed and active terrorist organisation which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. "This is unacceptable", he said. "Therefore, China is cautious to take the stand", Lu Yang, south Asia expert at Tsinghua University, said.