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Paris: France on Friday chose to freeze assets belonging to Masood Azhar, chief of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), the French government confirmed.

India's attempt to get the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader Masood Azhar as a terrorist has been blocked by China again.

Defending Beijing's technical hold, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said, "China conducts a thorough and in-depth assessment of these applications and we still need more time, so that is why we put forward the technical hold".

Later, addressing a press conference, Congress leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala and Shaktisinh Gohil said blocking of Masood Azhar from being declared as an worldwide terrorist by China is major setback for global fight against terrorism.

Militant groups opposing New Delhi's rule are engaged in a guerrilla war with Indian troops in the region since 1989. "Also raises serious questions about the benefits of Modi's photo-op diplomacy with Xi Jinping", tweeted Sadanand Dhume from American Enterprise Institute.

India has welcomed the decision taken by France to sanction Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar.

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France said it has always been and always will be by India's side in the fight against terrorism.

"You not only keep JeM on your soil, but fund them and when the victim country retaliates, you attack it on the terror outfit's behalf", Sushma Swaraj said, while asking the Imran Khan government to control its army and chief intelligence agency "which seek to destroy relations between the states". This is the fourth time Beijing has thwarted the move to designate Azhar a global terrorist under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC.

China for the fourth time, on Wednesday blocked a bid at the United Nations to designate Pakistan-based terror group JeM chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist".

"China sincerely hopes that relevant action taken by this committee will help relevant countries to engage in dialogue and consultation and prevent adding more complicated factors into regional peace and stability", Kang was quoted saying. This, for the reason that China has a Veto power, while India is still not a full-fledged member of this Council.

"If China continues to block this designation, responsible member-states may be forced to pursue other actions at the UNSC".

Many Twitteratis outpoured their anger against China for not declaring Masood Azhar as global terrorists and as a mark to show patriotism people started this trend.


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