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Technical Hold Comes From China: Rajnath Singh on Blacklisting of Masood Azhar

Mar 17, 2019 05:34 PM IST India India
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In an exclusive conversation with News18 Group Editor-in-Chief Rahul Joshi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was asked about the discussion centred around JeM chief Masood Azhar, whose official designation as a global terrorist has been vetoed four times in the last 10 years. After the Pulwama terror attack, many thought something would change in this regard, but that didn't happen. On being asked if he considers this as a diplomatic failure on our part, he said, “Viewing it as diplomatic failure won't be correct because India has had several diplomatic successes in the past five years. Going into details would take a lot of time. So far as the blacklisting of Masood Azhar is concerned, the technical hold has come from China. Because of that, he cannot be blacklisted. But we will try one more time and I think that we will get this done. The global audience can see that members of the UN Security Council are in agreement on the blacklisting of Masood Azhar. That’s also a result of our work. It’s incorrect to say that we are not being able to complete this quest because of one country. We will try to make sure it happens.”

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