In­dia takes up is­sue of China’s veto on Azhar

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NEW DELHI: China’s block­ing of In­dian ef­forts to list Jaish-eMo­hammed (JeM) chief Ma­sood Azhar as a ter­ror­ist at the United Na­tions (UN) sanc­tions com­mit­tee was taken up at a “fairly high level” with the neigh­bour, for­eign sec­re­tary S Jais­hankar said on Wed­nes­day, adding he wouldn’t give the im­pres­sion that Bei­jing’s ac­tion would over­flow into other ar­eas of bi­lat­eral ties.

China came in the way of In­dian ef­forts last week to des­ig­nate as a ter­ror­ist the JeM chief In­dia blamed for the Pathankot at­tack, putting the move on “tech­ni­cal hold” through an eleventh hour in­ter­ven­tion.

It was the sec­ond time China scup­pered In­dian plans to des­ig­nate Azhar as a ter­ror­ist at the UN.

“We have taken it up at a fairly high level and we will con­tinue to pur­sue this with the Chi­nese. This is an is­sue to be pur­sued with the Chi­nese in a UN con­text,” Jais­hankar said at a func­tion to launch the In­dian chap­ter of an Amer­i­can think tank.

The com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion has to be unan­i­mous.

Ma­sood Azhar: JeM chief

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