China must hear voice of the world on terror: India on Masood Azhar issue


New Delhi, India on Wednesday urged China to renew its decision to block designating Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Mazood Azhar as a terrorist by the United Nations and said Beijing should understand the “double standards of this self-defeating purpose.”

China, an all-weather ally of Pakistan, has been hamperping Indian efforts to bring Azhar, who heads the JeM India blamed for terrorist attacks on Pathankot airbase January last year in the UN sanctions list.

The individuals and entities in the list face an asset freeze, travel bans and other measures that would cripple their efforts to carry out terrorist activities.

“We hope as a responsible and mature nation, China will understand double standards of this self-defeating purpose,” minister of state for external affairs M J Akbar said.

“We expect China to hear the voice of the world, not just voice of India on terrorism,” he said, recalling barring veto-wielding China, 14 out of 15 countries in the UN Sanctions Committee favoured action against Azhar.

He also hoped China can be “persuaded to see the evil of the menace.”

Akbar and his ministerial colleague V K Singh, flanked by foreign secretary S Jaishankar were addressing the mid-term press conference of the external affairs ministry.

Replying to a volley of questions on talks with Pakistan, the ministers said terror and talks cannot go together, in reference to the reported cross-border terrorism sponsored by the neighbour. When asked why India is not closing down Pakistan’s diplomatic mission even after some ministers declared it a terror state, Akbar quoted former prime minister AB Vajpayee, “we cannot choose our neighbour.”

“We need to deal with them. We deal with them with our eyes open and not with our mind closed,” Akbar said.

He refused to comment on reports that the UAE government seized assets worth `15,000 crore belonging to gangster Dawood Ibrahim who lives in Pakistan. Answering another question, VK Singh dismissed Russia, China and Pakistan meeting to discuss Afghanistan.

“Mere meeting of countries without any result on the ground will not make any difference to the situation in Afghanistan”, he said.

Singh said the greater flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) to India is a sign of success of the country’s foreign policy.