Co­or­di­nat­ing with Bhutan, Talk­ing to China, Says MEA

China’s daily warn­ings con­tinue, says its ‘re­straint’ has limits In­dia Raises Con­cerns Over JuD’s Re­brand­ing As A Po­lit­i­cal Party

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: In­dia on Friday said it con­tin­ues to en­gage with China diplo­mat­i­cally and has been talk­ing with Bhutan to find a so­lu­tion to the Dokalam stand­off. “We con­tinue to en­gage with China through diplo­matic chan­nels to find a mu­tu­ally ac­cept­able so­lu­tion,” ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry spokesper­son Gopal Baglay said. Asked about China’s claim of In­dia re­duc­ing its troops from 400 to 40 in Doka La, he re­fused to give a di­rect re­ply, calling it an op­er­a­tional mat­ter. “Our ob­jec­tive is to achieve peace and tran­quil­lity and it will be achieved through di­plo­macy,” Baglay said. In­dia has ex­pressed con­cerns over Ja­maat-udDawa (JuD) be­ing re­branded and launched as a po­lit­i­cal out­fit called Milli Mus­lim League Pak­istan. “It is ironic that Hafiz Saeed is try­ing to cover his blood-stained hands with bal­lot ink. We are con­cerned about this,” MEA Spokesper­son Gopal Baglay said. “Af­ter killing with bul­lets, does he want to hide be­hind the bal­lot?,” quipped Baglay.—OPB

The de­fence min­istry has de­nied thatthere­has­beenanyre­duc­tionin troops in Dokalam and main­tains that 350-400 sol­diers from ei­ther side are de­ployed in the area.

Baglay also said In­dia has been hold­ing con­tin­u­ous con­sul­ta­tion with Bhutan. The stand-off is at the Indo-China-Bhutan tri­junc­tion and In­dia has de­cried China’s ef­forts to ad­dress a tri­lat­eral man­ner through bi­lat­eral means sidestep­ping 2012 pact on all tri­junc­tions

along the LAC. It was agreed all such tri­junc­tion points would be ne­go­ti­ated be­tween the three par­ties.

Dis­ap­pointed over China stalling the­move­tolistJaish-e-Mo­ham­mad chief Ma­sood Azhar as a global ter­ror­ist by the UN, Baglay hoped that coun­tries shar­ing its con­cerns over ter­ror­ism would co­op­er­ate in fight­ing all forms of ter­ror.

Con­tin­u­ing with its rhetoric, China on Friday warned that its “re­straint” has limits.

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