PM Modi to Xi: Pak must take concrete action against terror

Prime Minister NarendraModi on Thursday told Chinese President Xi Jinping that his countrys “all-weather friend” Pakistan must take concrete action against terrorism as “proposed” to it by India and that his efforts to develop peaceful bilateral relations with the western neighbour had been “derailed”.

The issue came up during Modi’s meeting here with Xi, their first since China allowed the UN Security Council to declare Pakistan-based chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror outfit Masood Azhar as an international terrorist on May 1, by lifting its ‘technical hold’ which had been blocking the move for around 10 years.

The Prime Minister told the Chinese President that India has a consistent policy that all issues between India and China should be discussed through a bilateral mechanism, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told media persons after the meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit.

“There was a brief discussion,” Gokhale said when asked whether Pakistan and terrorism emanating from there figured in the talks between Modi and Xi.

“We look for a peaceful settlement (with Pakistan) through negotiations,” Gokhale quoted Modi as telling Xi.

The Prime Minister told Xi that he had made efforts to build cordial relations with Pakistan but those were “derailed”, the Foreign Secretary said.

“The Prime Minister did inform President XI that Pakistan needs to create an atmosphere free of terrorism and that at this stage we do not see it happening as yet,” Gokhale said.

“Therefore, we expect Pakistan to take concrete action on the issues that India has proposed, the areas of concerns that we have flagged to Pakistan.And Pakistan should take concrete action in this regard,” the Foreign Secretary quoted Modi as telling Xi. The clear message given by Modi to Xi assumes significance against the backdrop of the consistent efforts made by China, which considers itself as “all-weather friend” of Pakistan, to stall an international attempt to proscribe Masood Azhar by the UN Security Council till recently.