China delays bid by U.S and India to sanction Pakistan military
China delayed on
Wednesday a proposal by the United States and India to sanction
at the U.N. Security Council a top commander in the
Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group, diplomats
India and the United States wanted Abdul Rauf Azhar to be
subjected to a global travel ban and asset freeze. Such a move
has to be agreed by all 15 members of a Security Council
"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 spokesperson for China's mission
to the United Nations told Reuters.
The U.S. Treasury designated Azhar in 2010, accusing him of
urging Pakistanis to engage in militant activities and organize
suicide attacks in India.
The United States respects other countries needs to verify
that a sanctions proposal meets their "domestic evidentiary
threshold to justify a listing at the U.N.," a spokesperson for
the U.S. mission to the United Nations said on Wednesday.
"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," the spokesperson said.