“breakthrough” in designating Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”
came during Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to China where
the two sides agreed to withdraw their opposition to the latest move to
blacklist the JeM chief, a media report said here Thursday.
Hours after sanctions
were imposed on Azhar, the Express Tribune newspaper, quoting diplomatic
sources, reported that Pakistan and China held extensive discussions before
making a decision on the Azhar issue.
“It is believed that
the breakthrough came during the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to
China where both sides agreed to withdraw opposition to the latest move after
realising that Islamabad’s concerns were addressed,” the report said.
Khan was in Beijing to
attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping from
April 25 to 27. Apart from President Xi, the Pakistan prime minister met his
Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang as well as Vice President Wang Qishan.