Discussions on for listing Masood Azhar, just wait, says Chinese ambassador

Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui says consultations to list Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar in the UN sanctions list are in progress.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2017 15:35 IST
Jayanth Jacob
Jayanth Jacob
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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In this file photo from 2001, Maulana Masood Azhar, head of Pakistan's militant Jaish-e-Mohammad party, attends a pro-Taliban conference organised by the Afghan Defence Council in Islamabad.(REUTERS)

Consultations to list Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar in the UN sanctions list are in progress, Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said on Friday.

“The discussion is going on. I am so happy to see your foreign secretary in Beijing two days ago... discussing everything... so, just wait,” Luo told reporters on the sidelines of a Chinese visa application service centre inauguration ceremony in New Delhi.

“China supports India and other countries on terrorism... The discussions are going on. It takes time,” Luo said.

India on Wednesday again asked China to declare Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar an international terrorist.

China had blocked a proposal by the US to add Azhar to the list of such terrorists, in addition to the three previous rejections in 2016 to the Indian proposal.

India’s foreign secretary S Jaishankar was in Beijing on Wednesday to co-chair the China-India strategic dialogue with the neighbouring country’s vice foreign minister Zhang Yesui and he raised the issue of Azhar during discussions.

Luo advised the media to focus more on the positive cooperation between India and China.

On another controversial issue about Chinese opposition to India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG), he said: “It is the same.” (discussions going on)

On the rise of the Islamic State in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the ambassador said: “The Chinese position is quite clear. We are against any form of terrorist activities. On this matter, China will always speak in the same language in the international community to take concrete measures.”

First Published: Feb 24, 2017 18:24 IST