India takes up Masood Azhar issue with China again….reports Asian Lite News
With the US moving the UN to put Pathankot attack mastermind and chief of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohamed, Masood Azhar, on the list of international terrorists, India has again taken up the matter with China, a senior official said.
“We have been informed of this development (US moving the UN) and the matter has been taken up with the Chinese government,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
Last year China blocked India’s bid to have Masood Azhar declared an international terrorist by the UN Security Council’s 1267 Sanctions Committee.
China repeatedly put a “technical hold” on India’s resolution for a ban on Azhar in 2016. India says Azhar is the mastermind of the January 2016 terror attack on the Pathankot air base in Punjab.
China refuted Indian allegations it had double standards on terrorism and said it took a “just” stand.
“Allegation that China adopts double standards on the UN Security Council 1267 committee listing matter does not stand. China takes action based on solid evidence that is the one standard we use,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.
Geng was responding to remarks by Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar on Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Azhar, accused of masterminding the 2016 Pathankot terror attack on an Indian air base.
Geng said: “We have taken a responsible and constructive part in relevant discussion in a professional and objective way.
“Relevant members differed on this issue. The purpose of China to put forward technical hold on that issue is to create enough time for the committee and relevant parties to consult with each other on the relevant issue.”
China was the only country among the 15-member Counter-Terrorism Committee of the UN Security Council that objected to India’s application to list Azhar as a global terrorist.
“China takes a very objective and just and professional attitude… Up to now the Committee is yet to come to an agreement on this issue and we would like stay in communication and coordination with all relevant parties including India,” Geng added