India, Pakistan should talk directly on Masood Azhar: China

Beijing—China said on Tuesday that it is up to India and Pakistan to resolve the issue of sanctioning JeM chief Masood Azhar at the UN Security Council since it had played by the rules while blocking the move earlier this month.
India has raised the issue repeatedly with China and expressed its indignation during several bilateral interactions in the past week. The issue also figured when foreign secretary S Jaishankar held talks with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in New Delhi on Tuesday.
In a written reply to a query from PTI, foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said: “We encourage all parties to related to the listing matter of Masood Azhar to have direct
communication and work out a solution through serious consultation.”
She added, “China is willing to continue with it communication with all relevant parties.”
India has accused Pakistan-based Azhar of masterminding the January 2 terror attack on Pathankot airbase. Indian officials believe China blocked the move to sanction Azhar at the UN at the behest of its close ally Pakistan.
According to Hua, China was within its rights to block India’s move.

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