China blocks India’s move to ban Jaish chief Masood Azhar

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China on Saturday said it has extended the decision to block New Delhi’s appeal to the United Nations to label Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a terrorist.

Beijing’s move to extend the “technical hold” imposed in April comes a day before it was to lapse, giving Azhar – an accused in the Pathankot Indian Air Force base attack in January – another six-month breather.

Earlier this year, China, in collaboration with Pakistan, had blocked India’s bid to ban Azhar.

China argued on Saturday, as before in April,  that its decision was based on facts and procedures. The latest decision brings into focus the close ties between China and Pakistan, who consider each other “all-weather allies”

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