India questions China’s support for JeM chief at NSA meet in Hyderabad

The two nations held an NSA-level meeting in Hyderabad to resolve issues that strained their bilateral ties in recent times.

Published: 05th November 2016 02:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th November 2016 06:06 AM   |  A+A-

Masood Azhar

Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar (File | AFP)

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: In the wake of the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army recently against terror launch pads near the Line of Control (LoC), National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is understood to have raised the issue of the Beijing’s attempts to block United Nations (UN) ban on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar during an informal bilateral talks with China, held here on Friday.

The two nations held an NSA-level meeting in Hyderabad to resolve issues that strained their bilateral ties in recent times.

Amicable discussions on various long pending security issues between the team of India’s NSA officials led by its National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and an around 18-member delegation led by the People’s Republic of China State Councillor Yang Jiechi held during the meeting.

The major bone of contention between the two countries have been India’s NSG bid and banning of JeM chief Masood Azhar, who was accused of master minding the Mumbai terrorist attack.

Beijing has scuttled India’s bid to gain a seat in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and to get the JEM’s chief on the ban list. 

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) did not give an official statement on the issues discussed. However, sources told Express that Doval raised the issue of Azhar being backed by China at the UN.  China allegedly raised the issue of India’s decision to allow Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh.  However, India explained the reasons for giving permission to the Lama’s visit.

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