China has ‘adopted’ Masood Azhar, says Akhtar

China has ‘adopted’ Masood Azhar, says Akhtar
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SRINAGAR: China’s vetoing of the United Nation’s move to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” is not happening without reason, as the militant outfit has been “adopted” by China, according to government spokesperson Naeem Akhtar.
“China has been regularly vetoing attempts to designate him (Azhar) as a terrorist in the United Nations. Such things don’t happen without reason. Why only him? Why not others? Why didn’t China block such moves in UN against other people? The China connection needs to be understood,” Naeem told The Indian Express.
According to the public works minister, “All the big attacks inside J&K or even outside during last more than three years are attributed to Jaish-e-Mohammad, a group led by Masood Azhar. How can one not see that he (Masood Azhar) has been adopted by China?”
According to Akhtar, no less than “the great wall of China” has been established around Azhar.
“The youngster who throws stones in Kashmir is doing so only because he lacks a gun… and in this new great game, these guns can come from China, too,” Akhtar said.
“Unlike the 1990s, the flow of guns (inside Kashmir) hasn’t been happening. It hasn’t started as yet. So, let’s use this time to initiate talks. This is why Mehbooba Mufti isn’t only governing a state; she is fighting a huge challenge,” Akhtar said.
Former chief minister and leader of opposition Omar Abdullah asked New Delhi to explain Akhtar’s statements on China’s involvement in Kashmir.
“China has adopted JeM, a terrorist organization operating in J&K. This assertion from @MehboobaMufti’s closest confidante cannot be dismissed as wild ramblings. Govt of India needs to explain the basis of this statement,” Omar wrote on Twitter.

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