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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Modi raises concern over China's stance on Lakhvi in 90-minute meeting with XiNews Today 9 july 2015Ufa (Russia)

 Ufa (Russia): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday conveyed India's strong concerns to President Xi Jinping over China blocking its proposal for action by the UN against Pakistan on the release of jailed Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
During a nearly 90-minute-long meeting between the two leaders ahead of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summits in Ufa, Modi also reiterated India's concerns over the USD 46 billion economic corridor China was building which goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK).
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar replied in the affirmative when asked whether the Prime Minister raised China blocking India's move at the UN on the Lakhvi issue.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly took up the issue of China blocking the resolution. He conveyed India's concerns," Jaishankar said while briefing reporters on the Modi-Xi meeting, the fifth between the two leaders in the last one year.
Elaborating on Modi's comments, Jaishankar said, "the Prime Minister made our concerns known very clearly." "I can assume that the Chinese side was impressed with the clarity and directness in which it was conveyed. It was felt that we should keep talking on that," he added. Asked what would be the format of the discussions on this issue, he said officials will take up from where the leaders have left.
"There is no particular mechanism. The MEA can discuss with the Embassy (Chinese). There are a range of mechanisms," he added.
The Prime Minister while conveying his concerns to Xi told him how the people of India viewed the Chinese action.
At a meeting of the UN Sanctions Committee last month, India had sought action against Pakistan for release of LeT operations commander Lakhvi in the 26/11 trial in violation of a UN resolution but the Chinese representatives blocked the move on grounds that New Delhi did not provide sufficient information. India had earlier said that the Chinese action was at "variance" with progress in bilateral ties.
Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 26/11 terror attack, was released from a Pakistani jail in April. Lakhvi, 55, a close relative of LeT founder and Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, was arrested in December 2008 and was indicted along with the six others on November 25, 2009 in connection with the 26/11 attack that claimed 166 lives.

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