Open to ‘listing of Masood Azhar’ as long as he not related to Pulwama attack: Pakistan tells India

Pakistan has said that they are ‘open to the listing’ of Jaish Chief Masood Azhar as long as he is not related to the Pulwama attack, reported the News 18. 

According to the report, the statement was given by Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal on a Pakistani TV show, Islamabad Views, on Sunday.

“(India should) give evidence that Masood Azhar had anything to do with the attack in Pulwama. If that is not the case, then we can discuss the listing. It is not a big issue,” Faisal said. Stating that the Pulwama attack was a separate issue, Faisal said that his country had said, several times, that India was trying to “suppress” the indigenous uprising in Jammu and Kashmir.

Recently, China told the United States to hold its resolution on Masood Azhar, saying that the matter was ‘moving in direction of settlement’.

The fresh proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US, in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in which more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

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