China had on Wednesday put on hold a request by Britain, France and the United States to add Azhar to a UN sanctions blacklist which would subject him to a global travel ban, an assets freeze and an arms embargo.
China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, and an "all-weather ally" of Pakistan had blocked India's proposal from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee even in 2009 and 2016.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said earlier on Wednesday that "discussions on this issue must be conducted following the rules and procedures of the U.N. Security Council and its subsidiary bodies".
China once again blocked a proposal in the UN Security Council on Wednesday to enlist Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as an worldwide terrorist despite his outfit carrying out the ghastly Pulwama attack.
"We are disappointed by this outcome", India's foreign ministry said in a statement.
Beijing has urged Pakistan and India to "address their issues through dialogue and consultation" and "face the militants together to maintain regional stability and security".
On Monday, India and the U.S. called on Pakistan to take "concerted action" to dismantle terror infrastructure and deny safe haven to all terror groups, reflecting the growing pressure on Islamabad to crack down on terror after the Pulwama suicide bombing.
Gandhi had hit out at PM Modi on Twitter, saying he was weak and scared of Chinese President Xi Jinping. NoMo's China Diplomacy: 1.
"The time has come when China should suffer due to its proximity with Pakistan", CAIT said in a statement.
Since the suicide attack by the JeM in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on February 14, in which 40 CRPF troopers died, the Congress has repeatedly reminded the government that it was another BJP-led government that had released Masood Azhar in exchange for the passengers of a hijacked Indian plane in 1999. In a tweet, the BJP accused Gandhi's great grandfather and India's first Prime Minister of gifting the UNSC seat to China at India's cost.
He explained that China had conducted a thorough and in-depth assessment of the application moved by France, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. and added, "We still need more time so that we put a technical hold and this is in line with the new rules of the committee".
"It's a diplomatic issue, and India will take a decision after a careful thought", Jaitley told CNNNEWS18. "The FM assured me that Pakistan would deal firmly with all terrorists and will continue steps to deescalate tensions with India".
Interestingly, NC leader Omar Abdullah got also involved in the virtual war over China.