China Delays Proposal to Sanction Pakistan-Based Militant Group
The move would have to be agreed upon by all 15 members of the Security Council sanctions committee.
A proposal to the United States and India by China has been delayed. The proposal aims to sanction at the United Nations Security Council a top commander in the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group.
Abdul Rauf Azhar was targeted to receive a global travel ban and asset freeze by the United States and India. The move would have to be agreed upon by all 15 members of the Security Council sanctions committee.
"We placed a hold because we need more time to study the case. Placing holds is provided for by the Committee guidelines, and there have been quite a number of similar holds by Committee members on listing requests.”
A China Mission to the U.N. spokesperson said.
Abdul Rauf Azhar was designated by the United States Treasury in 2010 as they accused him of urging Pakistan citizens to engage in militant activities and organize suicide attacks in India. A spokesperson for the United States said the country respects others’ needs to verify that a sanctions proposal meets the “domestic evidentiary threshold to justify a listing at the U.N.”
"The United States values cooperation with our Security Council partners to effectively use this tool in an apolitical way to stop terrorists from exploiting the global order to do their misdeeds."
A United States spokesperson said.