India has raised with China the issue of banning Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar by the UN with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale during his meeting on Monday in Beijing with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi emphasising that both countries should be sensitive to each other’s concerns. India has shared with China all evidences of terror activities of JeM and its leader Azhar, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a question whether listing of Azhar was raised during Gokhale’s ongoing China visit. It is now for the 1267 Sanctions Committee and other authorised bodies of the UN to take a decision on the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist. India will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice. China blocked Azhar’s designation for the fourth-time recently, stalling efforts by the US, the UK and France to designate him as a global terrorist. China put a technical hold on the proposal. The change in China comes as no surprise. The changing socio-political and strategic change over with global stand on terror becoming clear China agreeing to talk on Azhar with India though a first step is really important. India stressed that “will work together with the Chinese side to deepen mutual understanding, strengthen mutual trust to implement the decisions taken by our leaders and do it in a manner where we are sensitive to each other’s concerns”. Despite the “re-rest” achieved in ties during the Wuhan informal summit, the two countries have so far sharply diverged on designating Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. Will India be able to get Chinese nod on designating Azhar as global terrorist. It’s a long route for normalcy in Sino-Indian relations, which till date has not been able to cross the pedestal of real confidence building.
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