Azhar's actions well-documented: India on China's demand for solid evidence

Reports of Beijing blocking ban 'misleading: Consul General
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Beijing
22 Feb 2017

India today hit out at China for demanding "solid evidence" for getting JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN, saying the extent of his actions were "well- documented" and the "burden of proof" was not on it.

Foreign secretary S Jaishankar, while briefing the media on his extensive interactions with top Chinese officials and talks at the upgraded strategic dialogue co-chaired by him here, said the talks were "useful" in conveying India's concerns and priorities on key issues. "On the issue of 1267 Committee's sanctions on Masood Azhar, we again explained the rationale for that application and pointed out that this was really pursued by other countries, not by India alone," Jaishankar said, referring to the US' application backed by the UK and France this year to designate Azhar as a global terrorist.

On the Chinese foreign ministry calling for "solid evidence" to get Azhar banned, the foreign secretary said: "in the case of Azhar, Jaish itself is proscribed under 1267. So the proof is in (the) 1267 Committee action. In this case what he has done, extent of his actions are well-documented." "Also the proposal in question this time is not moved by us. It is not that the burden of proof is on India to convince. The sponsors seem to be very well convinced, otherwise they would not have taken the initiative to move the proposal," he said. About China saying that there is no consensus on the issue, the Foreign Secretary said, "there is no consensus because China has not joined it".

Since the 1267 Committee proceedings are not public, he said, "Our understanding is that there is overwhelming support in the 1267 (Committee). This (is) what we are told". Meanwhile China's Consul General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu today described as "misleading" the reports that Beijing was blocking an attempt to declare mastermind of the Pathankot attack Maulana Masood Azhar as a UN-designated global terrorist. "Reports saying that China is blocking the move to declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist are misleading. China does not block. There are some technical problems between India and Pakistan. We encourage both Pakistan and India to engage in negotiations to sort out the matter," Ma Zhanwu said. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a session at MCCI here.

The Chinese envoy said his country was "strongly opposed" to all types of terrorism and supports the international stand on counter-terrorism. "It is misleading to say that China is blocking the move to declare JeM chief Azhar as a global terrorist," he said. The Chinese Consul General also dismissed the notion that China was opposing India's entry into the Nuclear Supplier's Group (NSG). "The notion that China is against India's entry into NSG is not right. India and China are working together in this regard," he claimed, adding that entry of any country into the NSG "needs certain procedures which are to be followed. It is not that simple".