India has expressed displeasure over the friendly neighbourhood talk by China which defended its decision not to support the ban on Maulana Masood Azhar, mastermind of the Pathankot attack.
Officials say that the issue pertaining to Azhar is not about being good neighbours.
China must understand that being good neighbours is a two way street. Azhar is wanted by India for three major incidents of terror including the attack on Parliament.
Moreover, China seems to be forgetting that Azhar was the man behind the assassination bid of former Pakistan president, Pervez Mushraff and that nation itself had termed him as a fugitive in the case.
No double speak:
Liu Jinsong, Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister at the Chinese Embassy, justified China's action on India's bid against the Pakistan-based terrorist and said his country can't be the judge to decide who is right and who is wrong on the issue.
"At the UN, this is a very serious issue. We need to discuss, we need some kind of understanding from the related countries, concerned countries. Pakistan is not your enemy right? It's your brother, it's your neighbour. It is a nation born from one nation. You were one family before. You can't move neighbours. And you can have a new boyfriend or a girlfriend tomorrow, but you can't have your neighbours changed", Liu said when asked about the Chinese action.
India says that there is a lot of double speak where Azhar is concerned. Are only his activities in Pakistan considered acts of terror? When the role of the Jaish-e-Mohammad cropped up in the assassination case, they termed him a fugitive who was escaping from the law. China seems to have forgotten that it was to secure Azhar that the Khandahar hijack was staged. His role in the Parliament attack case too had come up. The most recent case relates to Pathankot. China needs to understand that each of these incidents are major acts of terror. The lack of support to ban this man has resulted in the deaths of many in India, officials also say.