India takes up issue of China’s veto on Azhar
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.
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