Masood Azhar issue in focus at Rajnath Singh meeting with Xi Jinping aide

Singh and Meng met over dinner Tuesday and the discussions will continue through Wednesday when Meng will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 9, 2016 1:54 pm
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The issue of China blocking India’s bid to place JeM chief Masood Azhar on the UN sanctions list was discussed by the two countries on Tuesday. Sources said Home Minister Rajnath Singh brought up the issue, along with that of illegal supply of arms to insurgents in the Northeast and fake Indian currency notes finding their way to India through China, during his discussions with Meng Jianzhu, a top aide of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders also discussed ways to enhance anti-terror cooperation.

Singh and Meng met over dinner Tuesday and the discussions will continue through Wednesday when Meng will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

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“All our concerns will be raised before the Chinese leader, who is in-charge of internal security of that country,” a Home Ministry official said. China has twice blocked India’s efforts to include Azhar, alleged mastermind of the terror attacks on Pathankot air base, on the UN’s sanctions list.

Raising India’s concerns on terrorism, the Home Minister appealed to the Chinese leader to support the international community’s efforts to designate Azhar as a dreaded terrorist under the UN Resolution 1267.

Underlining that Pakistan is patronising and financing terrorist groups, Singh said leaders of terrorist groups roam freely in Pakistan and preach terrorism. Even Tehreek-e-Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, blamed for terrorist attacks inside Pakistan, were financed and sponsored by the ISI, he told the Chinese leader. Pointing out that there can be no good or bad terrorist, the Home Minister said terrorism is not one or another country’s problem, rather it is a threat to global peace and security.

The Home Minister also sought Beijing’s support to flush out ULFA leader Paresh Barua, who is believed to be taking refuge in the trijunction between India, Myanmar and China, to face trial in India for heinous crimes including murder.

Singh also asked China to clamp down on arms smuggling to insurgent groups operating in India’s Northeast, a home ministry official said.

The issue of stapled visas to residents of Arunachal Pradesh is also set to be discussed. Sources said that if China raises the issue of the Dalai Lama’s proposed visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India will reply that the Tibetan spiritual leader is a guest and he is free to visit anywhere in India.