Even as it condemned the Pulwama attack carried out by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), China on Friday refused to back India’s demand to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations which would paralyse his terror network.

“China has noted the reports of suicide terrorist attack. We are deeply shocked by this attack. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families,” spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang said at a media briefing in Beijing.

He said China firmly opposed and strongly condemned all forms of terrorism and hoped relevant regional countries would cooperate to cope with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold regional peace and stability.

Asked about China’s stand on the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council, he said: “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 the terrorist organisations”.

He said JeM has been included in the Security Council terrorism sanctions list and that China would continue to handle the relevant sanctions issue in a constructive and responsible manner.

China, the all-weather friend of Pakistan, has frustrated India’s bid to list Azhar as a global terrorist at least on four occasions. It has even ignored the attempts by the United States, France and the United Kingdom to ban Azhar.