Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his concern about China's support to Pakistan on the issue of Mumbai attack accused Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi to Chinese President Xi Jinping. China had blocked an UN resolution seeking explanation of Lakhvi's release by Pakistan.
- PM Modi met the Chinese President on Wednesday, ahead of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summits in Ufa, Russia.
- In a meeting which reportedly lasted for 90 minutes, PM Modi conveyed the growing scepticism among the people of India towards China after its support to Pakistan on Lakhvi.
- Modi also voiced India's concerns over the USD 46 billion economic corridor that China is building with Pakistan as it crosses Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK), which India considers its part.
- Speaking on reports of talks between the two leaders, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said that he was sure that the Chinese side was impressed by the clarity and directness with which PM Modi communicated India's concerns.
- On the issue of meeting between PM Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, Jaishankar said that it would be confirmed once the Foreign Affairs Ministry is in a position to speak further on the matter.
- Jaishankar further informed that the 19-minute meeting between Modi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin was extremely positive as the two discussed a range of issues.
- At a meeting of the UN Sanctions Committee last month, India had sought action against Pakistan for releasing LeT operative Lakhvi, who is an accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case. But the Chinese representatives blocked the move on grounds that New Delhi did not provide sufficient information.