Venkaiah Naidu hits out at China on UN veto over Masood Azhar

Coimbatore: Questioning China's move to block an attempt in the United Nations to get JeM chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has said Beijing should understand that "today it is India (which is targeted by terror), tomorrow it may be your turn".

He also said Pakistan should give up its "old habit" of finding fault with India and stop "aiding and abetting" terrorism so that the two countries can have close ties.

"I do not know the reason why China blocked the proposal to ban Azhar. He is a notorious terrorist and should be banned," the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister told reporters here.

"Today it is India, tomorrow it may be your (China) turn," he added.

Venkaiah Naidu. File photo. IBNLive

Venkaiah Naidu. File photo. IBNLive

India had on Sunday slammed China's virtual veto to prevent the banning of Pathankot terror strike mastermind Azhar, saying it "does not reflect well on the determination that the international community needs to display to decisively defeat the menace of terrorism".

The statement, however, did not mention China by name.

Asked about claims by Pakistan that there was no evidence with India about its abetment of terror, Naidu said there is enough evidence against the neighbouring country and "they should leave their old habit of finding fault with India".

"If Pakistan puts a full stop on aiding, abetting, training and funding terrorists, India and Pakistan can come much closer, work together, since both the countries were once one and were separated for reasons," he said.

"India wants to have a good relationship with Pakistan," Naidu said.

He claimed that for the first time in the history of United Nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the issue of terrorism and said it was unfortunate that UN was still unable to define terrorism.

The entire world and international community should come together and crush the danger and menace of terrorism, Naidu said.

Updated Date: Apr 03, 2016 19:03 PM

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