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India urges China to change its stand on JeM chief Masood Azhar

MJ Akbar Said China Has Often Repeated Its Concern On Spread Of Terrorism And Their Desire To Cooperate With India On This Issue.

PTI | Updated on: 01 Dec 2016, 04:00:43 PM
A file photo of JeM chief Masood Azhar.

New Delhi:

The Centre has urged China to reverse its technical hold on India's request to get Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar designated as terrorist by the UN, minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar said on Thursday. 

In a written reply in a question in the Rajya Sabha, Akbar said China has often repeated its concern on spread of terrorism and their desire to cooperate with India on this issue. 

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. 

"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.

"Accordingly, we have urged China to reverse its technical hold on India's request to list Azhar under 1267 provisions. India's request is co-sponsored by several prominent countries," the minister added.

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First Published : 01 Dec 2016, 03:56:00 PM

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