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India has urged China to change stand on Masood Azhar: Government

The government has urged China to reverse its technical hold on India's request, which is co-sponsored by several prominent countries, to get Masood Azhar designated as terrorist by the UN.
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The government has urged China to reverse its technical hold on India’s request, which is co-sponsored by several prominent countries, to get Masood Azhar designated as terrorist by the UN.

Masood Azhar is a founder of Jaish-e-Mohammad, the UN designated terrorist group. Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, said that China has often repeated its concern on the spread of terrorism and their desire to cooperate with India on this issue.

Recently Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) gave permission to National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file charge sheet Masood Azhar for the Pathankot terror attack in January this year.

The charge sheet against Azhar plays an important role for the Indian government to make a stronger case for declaring Azhar as ‘global terrorist’ in the United Nations Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee list.

However, India has been facing a hurdle in the matter as China has collaborated with Pakistan to block New Delhi’s proposal to ban Masood Azhar. According to reports, 14 out of 15 countries were willing to designate Azhar but China alone decided to go against all the others in the bid.

On several occasions, China has reiterated with India their resolute opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations with “zero tolerance”, and has agreed that there is no justification for terrorism.

Akbar said that Government has consistently highlighted to China regarding the threat of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan and affecting the region, including India.

“Specifically, we have emphasised forcefully that while the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed has been proscribed by the UNSC Sanctions Committee for its well-known terror activities and links to the Al Qaeda, the designation of JeM’s main leader, financier and motivator Azhar has been repeatedly put on a technical hold,” said Akbar.

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