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There can be no differentiation among terrorists: India to China

India has told China “clearly” that there cannot be any differentiation among terrorists as all are the same, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday. His remarks come days after Beijing blocked India’s bid to have Pathankot terror attack mastermind Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the United Nations (UN).

Parrikar, who was on a five-day visit to China, raised India’s concerns about the presence of Chinese troops in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), besides discussing crucial matters such as boundary issues and setting up of a military hotline between DGMOs (Director Generals of Military Operations) of the two countries.

“I have expressed very clearly to them that there cannot be differentiation in terrorists. All terrorists are the same and they should be dealt with the same principle, including the issue they had obstructed at the UN. They should also deal with it in the same manner,” he said.

Parrikar underlined that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had raised the issue in a more detailed manner in her interaction with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Earlier this month, China had stopped UN sanctions committee from designating Azhar as a terrorist, maintaining that the case “did not meet the requirements” of the Security Council.

Parrikar said India did not shy away from expressing its concerns to China in a clear and firm manner. “The Issue was also raised and India’s concerns were presented in a clear manner. May be for the first time, it was raised clearly and firmly. Of course, they have their own justification...We did not shy away from raising our issues,” he said.
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