India conveys concern over Lakvi release

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken up the concern of India with Chinese leadership over blocking of its move in the UN for action against Pakistan over release of 26/11 mastermind and LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in violation of a resolution of the world body.

The External Affairs Ministry said India raised the issue bilaterally with members of the UN Sanctions Committee and in case of China it was taken up at the highest level. At a meeting of the UN Sanctions Committee, India had sought action against Pakistan for release of Lakhvi in the 26/11 trial but the Chinese representatives blocked the move on grounds that New Delhi did not provide sufficient information.

Sources said, Modi took up the issue with Chinese leadership. All other members in the Sanctions Committee supported the stand of India.

The sanctions committee has five permanent and 10 non-permanent UN member states in it.

The release of Lakhvi had also raised concerns in the US, UK, Russia, France and Germany with Washington seeking his re-arrest. Lakhvi and six others – Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum – have been charged with planning and executing the Mumbai attack in November, 2008.

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