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India Likely to Bring up Masood Azhar Issue With China

India To Take Masood Azhar Issue With China

(Photo : Getty Images) India is likely to raise the issue of JeM Chief Masood Azhar with China at a RIC (Russia, India and China) Ministerial meeting in Moscow later this week.

India is likely to raise the issue of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar with China after Beijing blocked New Delhi's bid to bring the alleged terrorist chief under a United Nations (UN) blacklist last week.      

India has been "disappointed" by the Chinese action at the UN and is expected to take up the issue at the "political-level" at the "first given opportunity", sources in New Delhi said.

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New Delhi is likely to rake up the issue at the RIC (Russia, India and China) Ministerial meeting in Moscow, where India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is scheduled to meet Chinese counterpart Wang Yi later this week.   

India's demand to bring Pakistani militant Masood Azhar under the UN blacklist came in the aftermath of the Pathankot attack. New Delhi claims that the JeM chief was the mastermind behind deadly terrorist attack on Pathankot air base, which left around seven Indian soldiers dead. The attack took place on January 2, 2016.

However, China blocked india's move in the UN, claiming that Azhar cannot be blacklisted due to technical issues.

China has frequently blocked India's move to punish Pakistani militants with UN measures, pushing New Delhi to accuse Beijing of shielding its close friend Pakistan.

China and Pakistan share bitter relations with India due to complex geo-political factors and prolonged border disputes. China and India have been at loggerheads over the Himalayan region of Tibet. Pakistan, on other hand, is locked in border dispute over the region of Kashmir.

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