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India looks to corner China on Jaish chief Masood Azhar

NEW DELHI: As foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and NSA Ajit Doval look to meet their Chinese counterparts next week, India has mounted a diplomatic offensive to corner Beijing for its decision to again block a UN ban on Pathankot attack accused and Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar.

Addressing a UNSC open debate on threats from terrorism, India has demanded that the secret veto provision in the al-Qaida, Taliban & ISIS Sanctions Committees be revisited to prevent its misuse by members. The procedures of unanimity and anonymity resulted in lack of accountability, India’s permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said in his address. China has used the same to block the ban on Azhar.

Official sources said the issue of Azhar will dominate the agenda of meetings which Swaraj and Doval will have with Chinese leaders next week. While Swaraj is expected to have a bilateral meeting with her counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of RIC trilateral in Moscow on April 18, Doval will meet state councilor Yang Jiechi in Beijing three days later.

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