PM Modi: Concerned about China’s stand on Lakhvi

RSTV Bureau

modi-xiPrime Minister Narendra Modi took up 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakvi’s issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping when they met in Russia ahead of the BRICS summit on Wednesday evening.

India very “strongly” and “clearly” conveyed concerns to President Xi Jinping over China blocking a proposal at the UN, calling for action against Pakistan over the release of jailed LeT commander, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly took up the issue (of China blocking the resolution). He conveyed India’s concerns,” Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said while briefing reporters on the 90-minute Modi-Xi meeting, the fifth between the two leaders in the last one year.

India clearly rejected the “weak evidence” theory propounded by Beijing in this regard.

Jaishankar elaborated this by saying, “it is not an issue of evidence… The whole world knows what was the role of Lakhvi (in 26/11 attacks). If our evidence were weak, then why did all others (in the UN) accept it?”

At the UN Sanctions Committee meeting, India had sought action against Pakistan for releasing Lakhvi in the 26/11 trial in violation of a UN resolution. All members in the Sanctions Committee supported India’s stand except China. Chinese representatives blocked the move saying that India did not provide sufficient information.

Both India and China also agreed that there needs to be further discussions by officials from both countries on this issue.

“There is no particular mechanism. The MEA can discuss with the Embassy(Chinese). There are a range of mechanisms,” he added.

PM Narendra Modi also voiced India’s concerns over the USD 46 billion economic corridor that China is building with Pakistan as it crosses Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which India considers a part of its own territory.

“The Prime Minister made our concerns known very clearly,” explained Jaishankar.

“I can assume that the Chinese side was impressed with the clarity and directness in which it was conveyed,” he added.

(With inputs from PTI)