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China on Saturday extended its technical hold on India's move to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar at the United Nations (UN), Times of India reported. The move will hold for at least three months, and comes two days before China's hold was set to expire.

China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in Beijing, "The technical hold on India’s listing application submitted to the 1267 Committee in March 2016 has already been extended... There are still different views on India’s listing application. The extended technical hold on it will allow more time for the committee to deliberate on the matter and for relevant parties to have further consultations."

China blocked India's call to ban the Jaish chief at the UN in April this year, after India accused the militant group and its chief of carrying out the Pathankot attack.

On Feb 18, a list of 11 individuals and one organisation "linked to terrorism in India" was submitted to the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL (the militant Islamic State group) and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee.

India's foreign ministry spokesperson, Vikas Swarup, had said India would move the committee to include Masood Azhar's name. "It is a great anomaly that the organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad is lis­ted, but not its leader," he said.

At least seven Indian military personnel were killed when militants besieged the 2,000-acre Pathankot air base near the border with Pakistan in an attack that stretched on nearly a week.

India blamed the attack on JeM and asked the Pakistani government to take action against the group responsible for the attack.

Following the attack, Pakistani authorities cracked down on the group, sealing a Jaish-run seminary in Sialkot and taking JeM leader Masood Azhar who was in Pakistan at the time into protective custody.

However, Pakistan’s Joint Investigating Team probing the airbase attack told Indian interlocutors earlier this year that it had yet to find evidence linking Masood Azhar to the terror attack.

The air base siege occurred just days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a 'surprise' visit to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his birthday and the occasion of his granddaughter's wedding in December 2015 ─ a move that appeared to promise better relations between the neighbouring countries in the coming year.

Earlier this month in the run-up to the Pakistan-India showdown at the UN General Assembly over Kashmir, 18 Indian soldiers were killed when suspected militants attacked the Uri army base in India-held Kashmir (IHK). India accused Pakistan of involvement immediately after the attack ─ a claim that Pakistan rejected.

Following the Uri attack, India initiated a diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan, which it termed a 'terrorist state', and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to suspend Indus Water Commission talks until "Pakistan-sponsored terror" in India ends, according to Indian media reports.

Reports also surfaced that India is considering expediting its hydropower projects on the Indus river in order to put pressure on Pakistan.

China's move to extend the hold on Masood Azhar comes as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India in the wake of an exchange of fire across the Line of Control (LoC) last week ─ an incident that was termed a 'surgical strike' by India.

On Saturday, China also blocked a tributary of the Brahmaputra river as part of a major hydroelectric project, whose construction began in 2014, Indian media reported.

The step may be seen as cautioning New Delhi against moving too far in the latter’s current tussle with Islamabad.

Comments (69) Closed

Desi Dimag Oct 02, 2016 03:36pm

China's veto can't change the reality.

Zakir hussain Oct 02, 2016 04:38pm

Such a ridiculous decision

Narendra Oct 02, 2016 04:47pm

It must be a great win for Pakistan too. Must be feeling happy about it. And then they say why world looks a them with suspicion

Huzaifa Oct 02, 2016 04:49pm

well done

Harmony-1© Oct 02, 2016 05:11pm

@Narendra - I wonder where you see 'happiness' over it? You guys are full of preconceived ideas!!!

Mahmood Oct 02, 2016 05:28pm

@Narendra Envious, are we?

Truly Oct 02, 2016 06:06pm

He is a great Pakistani leader. Iron brother had to save him. Even though world thinks otherwise.

Asif Oct 02, 2016 06:31pm

this is very sad !!

wahala333 Oct 02, 2016 07:32pm

@Truly don't know him either.

Linny Oct 02, 2016 07:36pm

@Truly Well Said...Spoken like a true Pakistani.

M Wasim K Oct 02, 2016 07:38pm

@Desi Dimag India is the one who is out of touch with reality by not recognizing the Kashmiri people's right of self determination with UN Security Council Resolutions passed for the Kashmiris.

ram Oct 02, 2016 07:44pm

China can block all it can. It will hardly effect India but will effect bangladesh and bhutan more.

alla bux Oct 02, 2016 08:09pm

@M Wasim K Pl read the UN resolutions.

Mustafa R. Oct 02, 2016 08:21pm

@Desi Dimag;

'China's veto can't change the reality.'

It just did, Lol.

Zohar Oct 02, 2016 08:30pm

A man is known by the company he keeps. Well, a country too I guess. Good luck.

Global Citizen Oct 02, 2016 08:37pm

There is no good terrorism or bad terrorism. I hope people of Pakistan understand this reality and also understand their Politician's goals. When the revolution from people will start, I hope all these bad days will gone.

Gaurav Oct 02, 2016 08:49pm

i see most pakistani citizens not happy with decision. makes me feel sad that people to people connect not happening but both countries india n pak are in trap of usa and china

Raunak Oct 02, 2016 08:49pm

Mr. @M Wasim K ..... I don't know whether India or Pakistan is out of reality, but you definitely are. The UN resolution stated that Pakistan had to remove all troops. Pakistan refused and continues to do so. And the plebiscite Pakistan keeps talking about? It was originally Pakistan that refused to hold it, saying that India had to reduce troops.

I think it would be better for you to read more stuff about the UN instead of making statements based on second hand.... or rather third hand information.

Adnan Aziz Oct 02, 2016 08:55pm

A most unfortunate development. China should not have done that.

Li-N-Ja Oct 02, 2016 09:03pm

The more we ignore the world opinion the more we get isolate and create an unruly image for ourselves. If Pakistan wants to improve its image and relations with developed world we will have to put these shadow rulers behind bar. As long we keep tolerating such people in our society we will never get into front gear.

Aniket Rastogi (Indian) Oct 02, 2016 09:10pm

Dear China, you cannot hold it for long but India your acts have been observed and India knows where to hurt you. Time to look at the trade from china and impose anti-dumping duties since its affecting domestic industries from growing at a greater pace.

sunilsm Oct 02, 2016 09:17pm

thank you china, waiting for some more actions of yours. good

Syed Zaidi Oct 02, 2016 09:23pm

@Narendra While I am happy to see China supporting Pakistan and India facing some disappointment...simply because I hate to see how India hides its own acts of terrorism while throwing all the blame on Pakistan. But I wish to see this JeM banned myself. They have killed many innocent people not only in India but also in Pakistan. They practice different version of Islam and I disagree with their version of Islam.

concerned Oct 02, 2016 09:26pm

@Huzaifa why are we supporting these kind of people, that is what effects our countries image across the world.

Hasmukh Dave Oct 02, 2016 09:26pm

This way using Vito power will loose real sense of Vito power

Vikram Oct 02, 2016 09:31pm

@M Wasim K : I am a kashmiri Pandit, want to debate on this..

aj Oct 02, 2016 09:35pm

Pakistan and India should stopp war hysteria and let sanity prevail. Who will feel big and superior, who will feel proud of their big force and nuclear arsenal, who will dream to become the superpower, no one because there will be no one to see in face of a war/nuclear war. I believe the majority of sane people on both sides do not want any conflict rther brotherly love except right wing and extremist elements on both sides. Let the sanity prevail and let majority shut up the minority exetremist. Why we both are working and obeying the western agenda and feel proud to kill every soul and wipe off a culture on both sides just to please the west War never brings any fruit to any one. The dream of super power and using nuclear is just insanity and nothing else. Lets' stand together people from both sides and remove those in power who want war, those right wing and extremists who want to play with majority sane. Lets' stand up

SANDEEP Oct 02, 2016 09:37pm

he is the 1 exchanged in ia hijack of 99'. Strange.

Mr. Sushil Oct 02, 2016 09:38pm

Well done China, your act was already anticipated. India should start boycotting Chinese products.

Last Word Oct 02, 2016 09:39pm

China will get further isolated as US, France and UK had supported India on this move. But, it is Pakistan who will have to bear the brunt keeping in view of bill moved in US Senate.

Good Guy Oct 02, 2016 09:44pm

This is the same guy who was left out of jail to save life of people of plane which were hijacked. If you make friendship with such guys then do not ask why people say a country is supporter of terrorism.

TRVERMA Oct 02, 2016 09:50pm

@M Wasim K , There is something called expiry date and anyone should keep away from anything whose expiry date is already passed else it will cause more damage .. and same is applicable for that so called resolution on kashmir as well.

JAY Oct 02, 2016 09:57pm

unsc is garbage

Amir Oct 02, 2016 10:04pm

What is gained by having such people who bring disrepute to the country?

Zaheer Oct 02, 2016 10:10pm

This is truly a major diplomatic victory! Now the next step should be to ask China to overturn the UN ban on other humanitarian organizations in Pakistan so that they can carry out their work uninterrupted?

ANT Oct 02, 2016 10:15pm

China is scared of Indo-US alliance so is making rash moves.

sangun Oct 02, 2016 10:18pm

Shame on China on openly supporting a terrorist. Wait for India's answer now

Javan Oct 02, 2016 10:29pm

@M Wasim K have you read the resolution? I doubt it.

Indian Oct 02, 2016 10:40pm

@Truly so he belongs to Good terrorist category. Unless the snake bites you people one day, you will not realize until then. Good luck

Rafi Ka Deewana Oct 02, 2016 10:43pm

With all the money and all the might China may have, it's soft power is nowhere that of a poor and chaotic country like India. Instead of using its might to win friends, China is scaring everyone and losing friends fast.

Indian Oct 02, 2016 10:44pm

@M Wasim K Now where kashmiri comes in this matter

Dilip Oct 02, 2016 10:48pm

He is a big threat for the subcontinent not only India. China is playing diplomacy and is playing with our emotions on Kashmir. Sooner Pakistan understands it better for the region. China is doing exactly what British did before independence.

Sohail Khan Gem Oct 02, 2016 10:46pm

Nice move iron brother

Raja farhat abbas Oct 02, 2016 10:51pm

@Desi Dimag...The same goes for you comment as well.

Indian Oct 02, 2016 10:52pm

Pakistani people should do introspection what is good and bad for them. What are they trying to achieve for their future? Do they want development and better life for their future generation or by supporting Azhar Masood kind of people. Forget about India , just think what should be their future?

Raja farhat abbas Oct 02, 2016 10:54pm

@Truly ...Hear hear, well said.

Amol Oct 02, 2016 10:55pm

@M Wasim 1971 Simla treaty supersedes UN convention making it void.

wallstreet Oct 02, 2016 10:58pm

@Truly He was released in exchange of 300+ Hostages of Air India IC814 from Kabul. These are the things that make Indians hate Pakistanis !

Abdul Mannan Oct 02, 2016 11:11pm

We should stop these people. We should abandon this method. It cannot work anymore.

Sachin Oct 03, 2016 12:19am

All Indians should ban Chinese goods.

Abx Oct 03, 2016 06:22am

Right decision

Sheraz Ahmed Khan Oct 03, 2016 10:00am

Pakistan sincerely investigate the Indian allegation and found him innocent

deepak Oct 03, 2016 11:15am

@Indian - Because for all Pakistanis only Kashmir and CPEC Matters ... rest is all useless :)

D.K. PAMNANI Oct 03, 2016 11:37am

Stop Business with China. Only India is procuring China's cheap Goods of no use. Their economy will be affected.

Rajesh Oct 03, 2016 11:49am

@Abx don't support

Lalit Sharma Oct 03, 2016 11:56am

If people of pakistan knows about it why don't they force govt to take hard steps.

inder from kashmir Oct 03, 2016 12:23pm

A ray of hope as I see most Pakistanis not happy about the Chinese stand in this case.

Qamar Oct 03, 2016 12:29pm

While Mr Modi wants good relationships with Pakistan but the Hawks there do not allow him to act.

UTPAL KUMAR BASU Oct 03, 2016 12:46pm

China is famous for dual standard.

Simba Oct 03, 2016 12:47pm

@Raunak absolutely, and the Shimla agreement supercedes all previous UN resolutions

Sameer Oct 03, 2016 01:20pm

@ram You dont get it...India effects Bhutan and Bangladesh, not china's veto

karoor Oct 03, 2016 08:23pm

Not sure that China is helping Pakistan through this action!

Payal Verma Oct 03, 2016 08:37pm

@D.K. PAMNANI absolutely! why should India buy cheap Chinese goods? lets renounce them and use swadeshi ones!

Payal Verma Oct 03, 2016 08:45pm

@Sachin absolutely! time has come where we must ban Chinese goods and eliminate all Chinese brands from Indian market!

Payal Verma Oct 03, 2016 08:45pm

after china block Brahmaputra; an easy decision to imitate for India to block our waters Indus...why should we listen to the world then?

NC Oct 03, 2016 10:02pm

@Zaheer;,... Diplomatic Victory ?

yogesh Oct 04, 2016 06:32am

China losing credibility with India very fast

rahul Oct 04, 2016 10:45am

I Think China Will first personally test MA's Skills & then put him on the list!!!

Mirror Oct 05, 2016 01:13am

Its only for 3 months that too on technical issues. India will eventually have its say.