China-Masood Azhar row: Nations supporting Pakistan will have to bear the brunt, says Centre

| Updated: Feb 08, 2017 04:51 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb 7 (ANI): Hitting out at China for blocking United States 'move of banning Pathankot attack mastermind and Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar at the United Nations, Minister of State (MoS) in Prime Minister's office Jitendra Singh on Saturday averred that Beijing will have to bear the brunt of supporting Islamabad, which believes in propagating terrorism. Singh said that nations worldwide understand that Pakistan is not only a threat to India, but to the entire globe. "China must be against banning of Masood Azhar, but we should observe that all other nations are slowly are agreeing to our concerns in regard with Pakistan supporting terrorism. Other nations understand the fact that the way Pakistan is supporting terrorism and terrorist activities, it is becoming a threat not only to India but to other countries as well. And the countries who are in denying this fact will have to pay the brunt for the same," said Singh. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday asserted that the Indian government is talking with Chinese government in regard with Beijing blocking United States move of banning Pathankot attack mastermind and Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar at the United Nations. MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, "We have informed of this development pertaining Masooz Azhar and matter has been taken up with Chinese Government." The US earlier in the day the state moved the UN for banning Azhar. The US, supported by the UK and France, moved a proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist at the Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council, but it has once again been opposed by China. According to reports, the proposal, which was finalised after consultations between Washington and New Delhi, said JeM is a designated terror outfit and so its leaders cannot go scot-free. Post the attack on the IAF base at Pathankot in January last year, India in February urged the UN requesting to list Azhar under the al-Qaida Sanctions Committee. The efforts faced stiff opposition by China, which twice put a technical hold before finally blocking the Indian proposal in December. (ANI)
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