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India to corner China on Masood Azhar

Sushma Swaraj and NSA Ajit Doval are likely to meet their Chinese counterparts next week

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Publish Date: Apr 16 2016 1:50PM | Updated Date: Apr 16 2016 1:50PM

India to corner China on Masood Azhar

 With Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and NSA Ajit Doval are likely to meet their Chinese counterparts next week, India has increased pressure to corner Beijing for its decision to again block on UN ban on Pathankot attackmastermindand Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar.

 
Addressing a UNSC open debate on threats from terrorism, India has suggested that secret veto provision in Taliban, al-Qaida, Taliban & ISIS Sanctions Committees be revisited to stop its misuse by members. 
 
Procedures of agreement and secrecy resulted in lack of answerability, India's permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said in his address. 
 
China has used the same to block the ban on LeT chief.
 
Issue of Azhar may dominate the agenda of meetings which Swaraj and Doval will have with Chinese leaders. 
 
While Swaraj is likely to have bilateral meeting with her counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of RIC trilateral in Moscow on April 18, Doval is expected to meet state councilor Yang Jiechi in Beijing three days later.
 
Even though  India had taken up Azhar issue with China at a high level, as foreign secretary S Jaishankar had earlier said, in lack of any response from Beijing, the government is now looking to Swaraj and Doval to persuade Chinese that their support on Azhar would hurt attempts by wirld community to fight terrorism menace.