China may reconsider stand on Pakistani terrorists Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar?

After blocking India's bid at the UN to ban chiefs of terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Jama'at-ud-Da'wah, Chinese may be willing to reconsider their stand on dreadful terrorists Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Pathankot attack conspirator Masood Azhar, believes senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

Last Updated: May 01, 2016, 09:21 AM IST
China may reconsider stand on Pakistani terrorists Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar?

New Delhi: After blocking India's bid at the UN to ban chiefs of terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Jama'at-ud-Da'wah, Chinese may be willing to reconsider their stand on dreadful terrorists Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Pathankot attack conspirator Masood Azhar, believes senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

Swamy, who strongly advocates cordial relations between China and India, took to Twitter on Saturday evening and wrote, “Chinese may be willing to reconsider stand on Hafiz and Azhar. I was informed today. They need 'additional evidence' which is easy to give.”

Defending its decision to once again block India's bid at the UN to ban Azhar, China had said that it acts on such issues based on facts and rules in an "objective and just manner".

When asked about China's reported last minute move putting a technical hold on India's submission which Indian officials say was armed with strong evidence of the JeM's terror activities and its role in the Pathankot attack, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei had said that China "supports UN playing a central and coordinating role in international cooperation against terrorism".

"We always deal with the listing issue (banning militant groups and their leaders) under the UNSC committee established under resolution 1267 based on facts and relevant rules of procedures in an objective and just manner," he had said.

This is not the first time China has blocked India's bid to get Pakistan-based militant groups and leaders proscribed by the UN.

The UN had banned the JeM in 2001 but India's efforts for a ban on Azhar after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack also did not fructify as China, one of the five permanent members of the UN group with veto powers, didn't allow the ban apparently at the behest of Pakistan again.

(With PTI inputs)