But when asked about China’s stand on listing Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told the media that, “As for the issue of listing, I could tell you that the 1267 Committee of Security Council has a clear stipulation on the listing and procedure of terrorist organizations.”
India had, last evening appealed to all members of the international community to “support the proposal to list terrorists, including JeM chief Masood Azhar, as a designated terrorist under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council and to ban terrorist organisations operating from territories controlled by Pakistan.”
During the day, India stepped up its diplomatic efforts to isolate Pakistan at the diplomatic level. Envoys from United Nations Security Council’s five permanent members, United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France and China were apprised about Pakistan’s role in sponsoring terror, media reports said. US, the UK, Russia and France have asserted that they stand with India in combating the menace of terrorism. The government also summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner, Sohail Mahmood and sources say a very strong demarche or diplomatic protest was lodged.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security and said that India will give a befitting response to Pakistan.