Trouble for terrorist Masood Azhar as China cosies up to India

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First Published 17, Mar 2019, 5:36 PM IST
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Trouble for terrorist Masood Azhar as China cosies up to India
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Just a day ago, India said it would patiently wait for China to allow blacklisting Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar. The Chinese envoy Luo Zhaohui said he is optimistic that the matter will be resolved.

New Delhi: The Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said on Sunday that Beijing 'understands' India's concern with regards to Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and said that the matter will be resolved soon.

"Regarding Masood Azhar we fully understand and we fully believe this matter. We understand India's concerns and are optimistic this matter will be resolved," Zhaohui said.

Zhaohui told news agency ANI that blacklisting of the JeM chief will be resolved and is currently on technical hold, contrary to claims that China has blocked the development.


On Saturday, India said that it would patiently wait for China to allow the proceedings against the terrorist, who was responsible for several attacks on India, especially the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

However, India made it clear that it had submitted enough evidence to prove the existence of terror groups operating in Pakistan.

Government sources also said that China has to resolve its own issues with Pakistan rather than opposing the blacklisting of Masood Azhar.

Just a few days ago, China opposed the bid in the United Nations Security Council to designate Azhar as a global terrorist as it put the move on technical hold. China being a permanent member has veto rights on such decisions.

While the move was termed disappointing by India, now it seems like a possibility for China to be convinced.

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Other countries like France, the US, and the UK are also trying to convince Beijing to change its stand.

Tensions have escalated between Indian and Pakistan after Masood Azhar-headed terror group JeM claimed responsibility for killing at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) paramilitary troopers in south Kashmir's Pulwama.

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