The Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj on Thursday challenged Imran Khan, the Pakistani prime minister, saying that if he wants peace then he should hand over Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar to India.
Speaking at a conference Swaraj said if Imran Khan is such a big statesman and wants to have good ties with India, then he should just hand over Azhar to India.
“Imran Khan is showing a lot of gratitude. He wants to conduct peace talks. If Imran Khan is grateful, why can’t he handover Masood Azhar? Let us see his big heart. He should give us Azhar. Why doesn’t he give us Masood Azhar?” she said.
Meanwhile, China blocked India’s bid in the UN Security Council for the fourth time to get JeM Chief Masood Azhar listed as designated “global terrorist” by putting a technical hold on the proposal.
While India termed this move as disappointing it got support from 10 countries which supported its bid to list Azhar.
The tension between both the nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after an attack in the Pulwama region of Jammu Kashmir when a suicide bomber killed at least 49 CRPF men.