India Takes up the Issue of China’s Veto on JeM Chief Masood Azhar

Last week India’s attempts to designate Azhar a terrorist were blocked by China.

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Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar (left), JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar. (Photo: PTI/Reuters)

Stung by China’s veto against attempts to bring JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar under international pressure via the UN, India confirmed that it had taken up the issue with Beijing, reports Mint.

We have taken up (the Masood Azhar issue) with the Chinese. We have taken it up at a fairly high level and we will continue to pursue this with the Chinese. This is an issue to be pursued in a UN context. So I wouldn’t like to give the impression that somehow this is going to overflow into other areas. We have to wait and see where it goes.
S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary

Fourteen of the 15 countries on the UN Security Council last week were willing to designate Azhar a terrorist, but China used its veto power to block the move. To justify its action, China said it did not have all the facts.

Jaishankar also answered questions about the Indo-Chinese border dispute. He said that even though the border is patrolled by the army, it is not as such a place of “exchange of fire”.

To the extent that the capabilities are better balanced, the status quo is better preserved. And balancing capability requires better infrastructure, better recruitment. That is very much the focus today, the policy within the government. 

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