India gives clear message to China over Masood Azhar, asks to hear world’s voice

Photo of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar who is declared one of most wanted terrorist by India.

New Delhi: India today gave a clear message to China over Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar whose designation as global terrorist it has been blocking and asked Beijing to hear the “voice of the world” in dealing with terrorism.

India also expect that it will look forward to influence China to understand the “depth and evil” of the menace.

India while referring to Pakistan’s support to terror also hoped that as a “responsible and a mature” nation, China will understand the “double standards” and “simply self-defeating and suicidal” approach of Islamabad to terrorism.

Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar said at a joint press conference with his ministerial colleague Gen (retd) VK Singh, while presenting MEA’s achievments in the last two-and-half years, “We really do expect China to hear the voice of the world, not just voice of India on terrorism.”

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On China’s opposition to India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group, Singh said government was engaging with all concerned to make them understand its “concerns” and “credentials”, hoping that Beijing will end its resistance.

While, referring to China once again blocking India’s proposal at the UN to list Masood Azhar as a terrorist, Akbar said, “Terrorism is a snake that bites the hand that feeds it” and that Beijing needs to understand the reality.

Hoping to pursuade China to reverse its position on Azhar, the Minister said, “If we do not recognise the dangers of terrorism, we might hurt others a bit but we will wound ourselves far more.”

This joint press conference was addressed by Singh and Akbar as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

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