China’s opposition on Azhar runs counter to its mutual goals with US: State Department

Srinagar: China’s opposition to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as an international “terrorist” by the UN runs counter to its mutual goal with the US on regional stability, according to a State Department official.

As the founder and leader of the Pakistan-based JeM, Azhar “meets the criteria for the designation by the UN” as a global terrorist subject to its sanctions, Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said on Tuesday.

He leads the JeM, which has been designated by the UN as a terrorist organisation and “has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace”, Palladino said during a news briefing in Washington.

China has placed Azhar under its protection and vetoed moves to declare him a global terrorist that would subject him to UN sanctions.

“The US and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and … a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal,” Palladino added. (Agencies)

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