As India and China signed the first comprehensive security cooperation agreement Monday, New Delhi raised the issue of China blocking designation of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar as a terrorist before a United Nations sanctions committee with the Chinese delegation, officials said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh signed an agreement on security cooperation with Zhao Kezhi, minister of Public Security of People’s Republic of China. Kezhi also met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval where the issue of Azhar, alleged mastermind of terror attacks on Pathankot airbase and an Army camp in Uri, on the UN’s sanctions list was taken up, sources said. China has twice blocked India’s efforts to include Azhar into the UN list.
Kezhi is on a bilateral visit to India from October 21 to 25, during which he will also travel to Mumbai. “During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest, including bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation, and welcomed increased cooperation between India and China in the area of security cooperation. An Agreement on Security Cooperation between the Ministry of Home Affairs of India and the Ministry of Public Security of China was also signed by the two Ministers,” said a statement released by the Home Ministry.
According to officials, China raised the unrest in Xinjiang province and asked India for cooperation on the movement of Uighur militants.
India’s NIA and NCB will have agency to agency cooperation to strengthen high-level agreement and cooperation, said officials.
The officials said a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2005 with China but it lapsed two years ago. The renewed treaty between the countries, officials said, will help New Delhi nab top ULFA leader Paresh Barua, who is believed to be taking refuge in the trijunction between India, China and Myanmar. India will also raise the practice of China issuing stapled visas to people belonging to Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, said officials.