Published On: Mon, Oct 10th, 2016

India seeking ‘political gains’ in the name of terror: China

Beijing, Oct 10: In a veiled reference to India’s efforts to declare Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist, China on Monday said political gains should not be pursued in the name of counter terrorism.

China also suggested that India was displaying “double standards”.

“There should be no double standards on counter-terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism,” China’s Vice Foreign Minister Li Baoding said here without naming India and Pakistan.

He was speaking at an interaction with reporters ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to India for the 8th BRICS summit in Goa.

Last week, China again decided to extend “technical hold” to declare Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar – accused of plotting the Mumbai and Pathankot air base terror attacks – as a terrorist.

Beijing earlier too scuttled India’s bid at the United Nations.

On Azhar, China says India and Pakistan should have talks on the evidence which New Delhi which claims to have about his role in plotting the killings in India.

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