New Delhi, Apr 5: In a bid to up the ante against China which blocked a move by India to ban Maulana Masood Azhar, the chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Indian government is contemplating a review on the security clearance for Chinese firms.
The move is aimed at building pressure on China which is investing in India and has a lot at stake. The move to review the security clearance to Chinese firms in India is expected to pressurise China.
It may be recalled that last week, China had blocked a move by India to ban Azhar, the mastermind of both the Parliament and Pathankot attack.
A highly placed official in New Delhi informed OneIndia that if China and India were to have better ties, then the latter must stop supporting Pakistan's demands to shield terrorists.
On one hand Pakistan itself termed Azhar as a criminal/fugitive after his group made an assassination bid on Pervez Mushraff (former president of Pakistan) and on the other they quietly go to China to block a ban on him at the United Nations.
The Indian establishment is extremely upset with China following last week's incident at China. India felt that all the other member nations were on the same page when it came to banning Azhar, but China at the last minute instructed that the decision be put on hold.
This is much to India's disliking and officials feel that the only way to build up pressure is by giving the security clearance for Chinese firms a re-think.