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WATCH: External Affairs Sushma Swaraj Exposes Pakistan's Sham On Terror, Says "hand Over Masood Azhar If You Really Want Peace"

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • In yet another strong message to Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has exposed Pakistan's sham on terror saying that if the country's PM Imran Khan is as peace-loving as being claimed he should hand over Masood Azhar to India
  • Swaraj also said that if Pakistan was really keen for talks on terror it should ensure the atmosphere in the subcontinent is peaceful

In yet another strong message to Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has exposed Pakistan's sham on terror saying that if the country's PM Imran Khan is as peace-loving as being claimed he should hand over Masood Azhar to India.

Swaraj also said that if Pakistan was really keen for talks on terror it should ensure the atmosphere in the subcontinent is peaceful. 

"I want Pakistan PM to take action against terror and not just talks. We have said it earlier also that terror and talks can't go together. We are ready to engage with Pakistan in an atmosphere free from terror and violence. Create that atmosphere if you want to have talks. JeM carries Pulwama attack and claims responsibility for it but you take no action against them. You want to have talks but then your people like Mazood Azhar are in Pakistan and your minister says that he is very unwell. We are ready to improve the relation with you but then you don't take action against your terrorist. Pakistan's PM Imran Khan says he wants peace, if that is the case then he should hand over Masood Azhar to us. We did airstrike but we did not target any civilians of yours. And after this they retaliate against us. Why did you retaliate? For those terrorists did you retaliate against us? You give them funds and on behalf of JeM you fight for them? And those who praise Imran Khan saying he is a good statesman this is what he is doing? UN which was made even before we attain freedom will they be able to control today's turmoil?", said Sushma Swaraj

The Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday expressed "disappointed" after China blocked the move by UNSC members to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief for the fourth time under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. 

In a press statement, MEA said also added that it "will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice".

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Earlier, the United States of America, United Kingdom and France moved a resolution on February 27 seeking to designate the JeM chief as 'global terrorist'.

While India received constant support from a number of nations, their biggest concern in this development came in the form of China, which has on three occasions in the past 10 years blocked Masood Azhar's listing as a global terrorist.

Despite pressure from across the globe, China remained non-committal on this matter and hinted that it will once again the block the move.

Earlier, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang while talking about the issue had said: 

"On the issue, I want to say that China always adopts a responsible attitude, engage in consultation with various parties properly deal with this issue. The discussion, I want to say must follow the rules and procedures and relevant bodies and only the solution that is acceptable to all sides is conducive for resolving the issue". 

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