China blocks United Nations resolution seeking sanctions on Maulana Masood Azhar

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Pressuring Pakistan to deliver on its counter-terrorism commitments and the move to designate Azhar a global terrorist figured in foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale's meeting with USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo. India had also got support from all the European countries in the Security Council and four other prominent nations outside the UNSC.

Azhar is the founder and leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed, an insurgent group in Pakistan administered Kashmir. "China believes that only a plan adopted by all can offer a long-term solution", said the Chinese spokesperson.

We were still recuperating with the losses suffered as a result of the Pulwama terror attack, and a new issue has cropped up.

Meanwhile, outraged by China's move in the United Nations, netizens have taken to Twitter to express their anger by calling for a complete ban on Chinese products in India.

Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed the responsibility for the February 14 suicide attack on Central Reserve Police Force in south Kashmir's Pulwama which claimed the lives of 40 personnel.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said India can not have dialogue with Pakistan unless the neighbouring country acted against terror outfits on its soil, asserting that "talks and terror can not go together".

The insult came in the run up to India's general election.

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"It added that India will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on Indians are brought to justice", he added. People posted tweets tagging Prime Minister Modi and various Union ministers urging them to immediately ban Chinese imports.

"Big, Small & Many.1 big state holds up, again.1 small signal @UN against terror".

The most recent efforts by India to designate Azhar has a global terrorist began after the Pathankot attack in 2016.

"China blocking Masood Azhar's designation as global terrorist reaffirms Chinese position of being an inseparable ally of terrorism's breeding ground-Pakistan", he tweeted Wednesday.

Following the Pulwama terrorist attack, which was claimed by the terror outfit, three permanent members of the Security Council - the US, France and the United Kingdom - had moved a resolution to designate Azhar as a global terrorist.

By listing Azhar at the United Nations, member states, including Pakistan, would be expected to take similar measures.

For the fourth time in the last ten years, China on Wednesday blocked the proposal moved by the US, France and the United Kingdom, among others, on February 27. Under the arms embargo, all states are required to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer from their territories or by their nationals outside their territories to the designated individuals and entities.