China says decision to block India's move against Pak in UN was based on 'facts'

China has said its decision to block India’s demand in the United Nations for action against Pakistan for releasing 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was based on ‘facts’ and in the spirit of ‘objectiveness and fairness’.

By TT Bureau in Beijing
  • Published 9.07.15
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Beijing, Jul 9 (Agencies): China has said its decision to block India’s demand in the United Nations for action against Pakistan for releasing 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was based on ‘facts’ and in the spirit of ‘objectiveness and fairness’.

”As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China always deals with the 1267 committee matters based on facts and in the spirit of objectiveness and fairness,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters here Thursday.

Her reference was to the committee that deals with UNSC Resolution 1267 of 1999, which established the sanctions regime.

Hua was responding to a question on Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking up the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Russian city of Ufa on the sidelines of the summits on Wednesday of the BRICS group of nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Terming the Modi-Xi talks as “constructive and inclusive”, she said China has maintained good communication with India and other parties on the Lakhvi issue.

About India's concerns over terrorism, she said, “I can tell you that both India and China are victims of terrorism. China opposes to all forms of terrorism and support the UN playing the leading role in coordinating international cooperation on anti-terrorism. China has actively taken part in global cooperation.”

At a meeting of the UN Sanctions Committee last month, India had sought action against Pakistan for the release of Lakhvi, a commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, in violation of a UN resolution, but the Chinese representatives blocked the move on grounds that New Delhi had not provided sufficient information.

Thursday's replies by Hua were little more elaborate than the Chinese foreign ministry's earlier replies on the issue.

On July 2, answering questions on the technical hold put by China on the Lakhvi issue in the UN, Huang Xilian, the deputy director general of the Asian Affairs Department, said the issue should be discussed in the India-China joint mechanism on terrorism between the two countries.

”We have mechanism of counter-terrorism consultation between the two ministries” in which it can be discussed, he had said. 

However, India’s foreign secretary S. Jaishankar, in his briefing after the Modi-Xi talks on Wednesday night, had said: “the MEA can discuss with the Embassy (Chinese). There are a range of mechanisms.”

The Prime Minister, while conveying his concerns to Xi, told him how the people of India viewed the Chinese action, he said.

China had put a technical hold earlier on India's demand for UN Security Council to take action against Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Syed Salahuddin and LeT leader Hafeez Sayed, citing rules under the UNSC resolution 1267.

In a letter to the current Chair of the UN Sanctions Committee Jim McLay, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Mukherjee had said Lakhvi’s release by a Pakistani court was in violation of the 1267 UN resolution dealing with designated entities and individuals.

 

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