It seems the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a direct intervention has asked China not to block India’s bid at the United Nations to seek action against Pakistan for releasing the 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
India’s effort at the UN seeking action against Pakistan was blocked by China which says New Delhi does not have sufficient evidence to point to the involvement of Lakhvi in the Mumbai terror attacks.
Only a month ago, both New Delhi and Beijing had agreed to deepen their commitment to fight terror during PM Modi’s visit to China.
According to top sources, India had taken up the issue of China bailing out Pakistan on the terror issue at the UN at the highest level.
A spokesperson for the ministry of external affairs said: “The government had taken up the issue of violation of the 1267 sanctions regime in respect of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Our concerns in this matter were conveyed to the chair of the 1267 committee. We also raised this bilaterally with the other members of the committee. In the case of China, this matter has been taken up at the highest level.”
Since December 2014, India’s permanent mission to the UN has filed separate proposals on Pakistan-based terrorists, each of which has been reportedly delayed or stopped by China.
India seeks reply from Pakistan
At the U.N. Sanctions Committee meeting convened on India’s request, a clarification was to be sought from Pakistan over the release of 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, but it was blocked by the Chinese representatives who said New Delhi had provided insufficient information.
India’s permanent representative to the U.N. Asoke Mukherjee had written to the then chair of the U.N. Sanctions Committee Jim McLay stating that Lakhvi’s release by a Pakistani court in April was in violation of the 1267 U.N. resolution dealing with designated entities and individuals.
Since December 2014, China has repeatedly blocked or delayed India’s attempts at filing separate proposals on Pakistan-based terrorists at the United Nations Security Council sanctions committee on Al-Qaeda and associated entities
US lends support to India
The United States has extended its support to India’s demand for re-arresting Lakhvi. On a visit to New Delhi recently, Nisha Biswal, assistant secretary of state, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, said the U.S. has asked Pakistan to ensure that efforts are made to arrest Lakhvi and that he does not roam free.
A recent U.S. State Department’s report on Terrorism also indicted Pakistan for not taking action against LeT.