China nudge on Azhar led to NIA changes

China nudge on Azhar led to NIA changes


Beijing, 03 Aug, 2019: While the anti-terror probe agency National Investigation Agency (NIA) has for long demanded 'effective changes' in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act to make it effectively deal with terrorists, sources in the MHA said the immediate trigger came from a Chinese official’s comment during one of the diplomatic meetings over listing Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a UN-designated terrorist.

The  Chinese official reportedly told Indian officials during negotiations that the person had not been banned by India. 'The Chinese said point blank that when India has not banned Azhar, why China is being pushed,' a Home Ministry official revealed.

He said the NIA had been demanding changes in the UAPA to give it more teeth in handling terror cases on the plea that such cases had inter-state and trans-national ramifications.

'They cited operational difficulties in investigating cases, so provisions have been made as regards seizures and taking up cases abroad,' one source said.