With China blocking UN action against Pakistan for release of Mumbai attacks mastermind Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, PM Narendra Modi has himself raised the issue with the Chinese leadership, emphasizing before it that this was an emotive issue for Indians who have not yet forgotten the dastardly terror strike that left 166 dead.
While the government said in an official statement that the issue had been taken up at the highest level with China, Modi is learnt to have himself conveyed to Beijing how strongly India felt about Lakhvi and the fact that he was now out of prison.
India is upset with Beijing for having blocked the UN move – at India’s insistence – to seek an explanation from Islamabad over the alleged violation of 1267 sanctions regime in releasing Lakhvi.
Modi apparently felt the need to take up the issue at the highest level also because China acted as a holdout within the P5 group of countries in blocking UN’s move. All other P5 countries – US, France, Russia and UK – had fully backed India’s plea to the UN to consider action against Pakistan for release of Lakhvi. ( Times of India)
The 1267 Sanctions Committee comprises as members 15 countries – 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members of the UN Security Council. China alone blocked the UN move saying India had not provided enough information to merit such an action by UN.