Chinese Foreign Minister Defends Azhar Masood

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Li has defended Beijing’s blockage of India’s requests at the UN to list the chief of Pakistan based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed Azhar Masood as a global terrorist.

The US, Britain and France all back India to designate Masood Azhar a terrorist under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.

“If all parties come to a consensus, we will support it. But it is the parties that are rightly concerned who are not coming around to the same conclusion like India and Pakistan don’t have the same conclusions,” Mr Wang said on Friday in response to a question.

Mr Wang also added, “Whether these people are terrorists or not, there should be solid facts and proof. If there is irrefutable evidence, no one can turn its back on it. I don’t think Pakistan will do that.”

Azhar Masood is accused of several terrorist attacks in India including the Uri attack of 2016.

30 / September 2018
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