As China again blocked a UN resolution to designate JeM chief a global terrorist, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he was "weak" and "scared of" Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Congress chief attacked the prime minister and said he had not spoken on China blocking the resolution in the UN Security Council.
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Rahul lashes out at Modi for 'swinging with Xi'
Weak Modi is scared of Xi. Not a word comes out of his mouth when China acts against India.
The party accused BJP of letting Masood off the hook again and also questioned Modi what was the use of "swinging" with Xi.
"With China having blocked our bid to designate Masood Azhar a global terrorist, the question on every Indian's mind is, what was the use of all the swinging with Modi and President Xi," the Congress said on its official Twitter handle.
Sad day in the global fight against terrorism, tweets Surjewala
"A terrorist responsible for such bloody murders is let off the hook again," Congress claimed.
Chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said it was a "sad day in the global fight against terrorism."
"China blocking Masood Azhar's designation as global terrorist reaffirms Chinese position of being an inseparable ally of terrorism's breeding ground-Pakistan," he tweeted yesterday, adding, "Modiji's foreign-policy has been a series of diplomatic disasters."
Congress also attacking BJP over Azhar's release in Kandahar-hijacking case
Congress has also been attacking BJP over Azhar's release in the Kandahar hijacking case.
Gandhi has asked Modi to tell the nation that it was a BJP-led government which released Azhar from an Indian jail in 1999.
He also alleged that National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, a top intelligence official back then, had "escorted" Azhar to Kandahar where he was handed over to terrorists.
Azhar, two other terrorists, were released by Vajpayee-led BJP government
Azhar and two other terrorists, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, were released from Indian prison in 1999 by the then BJP-led government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in exchange for the passengers held hostage aboard IC-814 flight hijacked to Kandahar in Afghanistan.
India's bid to designate the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief as a global terrorist suffered a setback yesterday.
Proposal to designate Azhar was moved by France, UK, US
China yesterday put a technical hold on a proposal to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack.
The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC was moved by France, UK and US on February 27, days after a JeM suicide bomber killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.