"In a huge diplomatic win for India, the United Nations on Wednesday designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him under the Security Council's Sanctions Committee". "No matter how the worldwide and regional situation may evolve, we firmly support Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty and dignity, independently choosing its development path based on its own conditions, securing a sound external environment and playing a constructive role in global and regional affairs", Geng said. China put the hold on the proposal to blacklist the JeM chief in March after France moved a resolution following the February 14 Pulwama attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel.
"Earlier proposals to list Masood Azhar failed to generate the requisite consensus in the Sanctions Committee as the information did not meet its technical criteria".
Tensions between India and Pakistan have soared since the February attack in Kashmir that prompted tit-for-tat air raids, fueling fears of an all-out conflict between the two nuclear-armed countries.
But defending its all-weather ally, Pakistan, Chinese Foreign ministry added, "Pakistan has made enormous contributions to fighting terrorism, which deserves the full recognition of the worldwide community".
Beijing had staunchly opposed the Azhar listing to be taken directly to the powerful United Nations body as it would have had to publicly explain its stand on its reservations to list Azhar, whose group JeM has already been designated as a terror outfit by the United Nations, before exercising its veto.
"Pakistan maintains that terrorism is a menace to the world.the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee listing is governed by clear rules and its decisions are taken through consensus.Pakistan has always advocated the need for respecting these technical rules and has opposed the politicisation of the committee", Faisal said. BJP leaders have credited Modi's leadership for the development as they reacted to what is being seen as a big diplomatic victory for the country.
But the attack in Pulwama was targeted against India security forces. It was in 2009 that New Delhi first hoped to list Azhar as a United Nations listed terrorist.
BJP president Amit Shah hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the United Nations designated terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad's chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist and asserted that this is why "India needs a strong and decisive leader".
China had previously prevented the sanctions committee from imposing sanctions on Azhar in 2016 and 2017. "The chairperson of the UN Sanctions Committee did confirm to me that Masood Azhar is on the UN-sanctioned list". "I can only say that I believe that this will be properly resolved", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang.
Sources said the US, UK and France had been working hard to step up pressure on Beijing by taking the issue directly to the powerful UN Security Council.
The US, the United Kingdom and France this time stepped up pressure on Beijing by taking the issue directly to the powerful UN Security Council (UNSC).
The Pakistani said it would immediately enforce the sanctions, but also took aim at India. During his visit, he met Chinese officials including Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi.