New Delhi : External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj questioned the ‘statesmanship’ of Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan by asking him to hand over the dreaded terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad’s supremo Masood Azhar to India.
Sushma Swaraj expressed the government’s willingness to participate in a peace talk only with Pakistan in a terror-free atmosphere. Addressing reporters in Delhi Sushma said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan should hand over jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar to India if he is so generous and a statesman. The move comes hours after China shot down India’s proposal to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist in the wake of Pulwama terror attack which was claimed by the Jaish.
China blocked India’s proposal to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist in the UNSC for the fourth time in a row.
China said it hasn’t got enough evidence against Azhar to designate him as a global terrorist and needs more time to examine sanction request against him.
India vowed that it will continue to pursue all available avenues to bring not only the Jaish chief but other ‘terrorist leaders’ to justice.
The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was moved by France, UK and the US on February 27 after the attack in Pulwama on February 14 that had killed more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.