France had initiated the proposal after the Lethpora bombing. The UK, US, Germany, and France had lent their full support to India, but China objected to the resolution claiming that they needed more time to examine the case.
"A joint decree of the Ministries of the Interior, and Economy and Finance was published today in the Official Gazette", a statement issued by the three French ministries said.
Relations nosedived last month when Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that killed at least 40 paramilitary police in Kashmir. This in turn would have helped India reconfigure the neighbourhood diplomacy given that China considers Pakistan an all-weather ally, describing their friendship as "higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the deepest sea in the world, and sweeter than honey".
The development comes even as China on March 13 blocked the listing of Masood Azhar as an global terrorist under the United Nations Security Council's 1267 committee. Except for China, which wields veto power in the Security Council, all other UNSC members were on board with the move before the al-Qaida (1267) Sanctions Committee.
India's diplomats must be going back to their drawing-boards to figure out what went wrong with their foreign policy vis-à-vis China, while the Narendra Modi government's failure to get Masood Azhar declared a global terrorist will keep haunting the BJP in the forthcoming elections.
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"As to the technical hold at the 1267 Committee our action is to make sure that the committee will have enough time to study the matter so that the relevant sides will have time for dialogue and consultation", Lu said.
"This one won't be undone by another romantic stroll through Wuhan", he said, indicating that such a move by Beijing would only escalate the tension between India and China.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Friday said the leaders who term China's blocking of banning JeM chief Masood Azhar at the United Nations a "diplomatic failure" must see that India was alone when the move was first made in 2009 under UPA rule, while it has worldwide support in 2019.
Taking the issue to the Security Council for an open discussion and vote is also an option which could publicly shame the Chinese for their support to the leader of a UN-designated terrorist group. Congress leader Rahul Gandi took to Twitter and attack Modi. "Bow to Xi in China", Gandhi said in Twitter.
Acknowledging that Azhar is in Pakistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said Islamabad would act against him only if India presented credible evidence.