In­dia, Pakistan should talk di­rectly on Ma­sood Azhar: China

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BEI­JING—China said on Tues­day that it is up to In­dia and Pakistan to re­solve the is­sue of sanc­tion­ing JeM chief Ma­sood Azhar at the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil since it had played by the rules while block­ing the move ear­lier this month.

In­dia has raised the is­sue re­peat­edly with China and ex­pressed its in­dig­na­tion dur­ing sev­eral bi­lat­eral in­ter­ac­tions in the past week. The is­sue also fig­ured when for­eign sec­re­tary S Jais­hankar held talks with his Pak­istani coun­ter­part Aizaz Ah­mad Chaudhry in New Delhi on Tues­day.

In a writ­ten re­ply to a query from PTI, for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing said: “We en­cour­age all par­ties to re­lated to the list­ing mat­ter of Ma­sood Azhar to have di­rect

com­mu­ni­ca­tion and work out a so­lu­tion through se­ri­ous con­sul­ta­tion.”

She added, “China is will­ing to con­tinue with it com­mu­ni­ca­tion with all rel­e­vant par­ties.”

In­dia has ac­cused Pakistan-based Azhar of mas­ter­mind­ing the Jan­uary 2 ter­ror at­tack on Pathankot air­base. In­dian of­fi­cials be­lieve China blocked the move to sanc­tion Azhar at the UN at the be­hest of its close ally Pakistan.

Ac­cord­ing to Hua, China was within its rights to block In­dia’s move.

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