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Modi's foreign policy a series of 'diplomatic disasters': Cong on Masood Azhar issue

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Wednesday attacked the BJP government after blocked a bid at the UN to designate Pakistan-based terror group as a "global terrorist", saying Narendra Modi's foreign policy has been a series of "diplomatic disasters".

The opposition party also slammed for blocking the move.

In yet another setback to India's bid to designate the Jaish-e-Mohammed's as a global terrorist, Wednesday put a technical hold on the proposal in the to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 of the was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the (JeM) killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between and

Reacting to the development, Congress' said it was a sad day in the global fight against

"China blocking Masood Azhar's designation as a global terrorist reaffirms Chinese position of being an inseparable ally of terrorism's breeding ground -- Pakistan," he tweeted.

"Sadly, Modiji's foreign policy has been a series of diplomatic disasters," the said.

The has been attacking the BJP over Masood Azhar's release in exchange for passengers of a hijacked Indian plane. Congress chief has asked to tell the nation that it was a BJP-led government which released Azhar from an Indian jail in 1999.

Azhar and two other terrorists, and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, were released from an Indian prison in 1999 by the then BJP-led government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in exchange for the passengers held hostage on board flight IC-814 hijacked to in

"After 56 inch's 'hugplomacy' and the game of sitting on a swing also, the China-duo is showing red eyes to India," Surjewala added in a tweet in Hindi.

The Congress has slammed Modi for being allegedly soft on China by holding a summit meeting with in "without an agenda" and hosting him in earlier.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 00:55 IST