Sushma raises Lakhvi issue with China


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday raised the issue of the release of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks with her Chinese counterpart saying that ‘variance’ with the progress in the ties.

The meeting among the two foreign Ministers was held on the sidelines of an international donor’s conference in Kathmandu. At the meeting Swaraj told Chine Foreign Minister Wang Yi that Lakhvi was ‘no ordinary terrorist’ as he had masterminded the 26/11 attacks which left 166 people dead.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “The External Affairs Minister raised the issue of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi on the stand China has taken on this matter in the United Nations 1267 committee. She said both India and China have been victims of terrorism and therefore there should be no distinction made between good terrorists and bad terrorists.”