India lodges protest against China’s stand on banning Masood Azhar

New Delhi :India issued a demarche to China on Thursday over the blocking of a US-backed proposal to sanction alleged Pathankot attack mastermind and JeM chief Masood Azhar at the United Nations Security Council.

It also hit out at China, saying there will be a consensus on the issue if there is a change in China’s stand.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the matter had been taken up with the Chinese Ambassador in New Delhi and a similar demarche was being made in Beijing.

Observing that the proposal was not moved by India but by three permanent members of the UN Security Council — the US, the UK and France — he described it as a “classic counter- terrorism proposal” and hoped that China will also come around to accept this view.

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