New Delhi: Hours after reports surfaced of the United States, Britain and France holding intense ‘good faith’ discussions with China to arrive at a ‘compromise’ on the UN designation of Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, Indian officials on Saturday said they are optimistic and patient in this regard.
According to sources, the Indian government is working closely with the members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to ensure that Pakistan-based terror organization Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is listed as a ‘global terrorist’.
New Delhi is believed to be cautiously optimistic about Azhar’s listing, and maintains that a ‘hold’ by China is not a block.
“China also knows terrorism is a challenge, they know it operates from Pakistan. India will show patience. Pakistan is spending diplomatic capital in defending the indefensible. Its action is cosmetic. US is supportive of India and has assured that Pakistan will take action,” a source privy to details said.
On Beijing continuing to oppose Azhar’s listing as global terrorist, government sources said there are issues which China needs to resolve with Pakistan.
“There are issues that China has to resolve with Pakistan… India has strong support of 14 member nations”, the official added.
Urging the Imran Khan-led government to hand over wanted criminals to India, the official said, “Pakistan can hand over Indians that are India’s ‘Wanted List’ and in international terror list like Dawood Ibrahim and Sayeed Salahudeen. Very specific details were shared, if Pakistan thinks India can’t verify these, it can get international verification.”
On Wednesday, China for the fourth time blocked the bid in the UN Security Council to designate the chief of the Pakistan-based terror group JeM as a “global terrorist” by putting a technical hold on the proposal. The Chinese move was termed “disappointing” by India.
Speaking on China’s hold on the bid in UNSC, India stressed that Beijing has adequate information that there are “groups operating in Pakistan against China also… India is disappointed with China.”