Pak Journalist Compares Dalai Lama With Masood Azhar, Slammed On Twitter

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    New Delhi: 

    A tweet by a senior Pakistani journalist in which he likened Tibetan leader Dalai Lama with terrorist Masood Azhar has triggered a storm on Twitter, with users slamming him for the remark. Referring to China blocking India and other nations from listing Masood as a global terrorist, the journalist retweeted a decade old news article whose headline described the Tibetan leader as a “terrorist”.

    “It’s very easy to understand why China blocked resolution against Masood Azhar in UNSC? India sheltering an enemy of China since decades and his name is Dalai Lama,” Hamid Mir tweeted.

    After the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule, the Dalai Lama fled his country and took refuge in India. He has lived here ever since. He is a popular Buddhist spiritual leader and has been honoured by various countries across the world. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

    A hashtag bearing Dalai Lama’s name was trending on Twitter, where the journalist was severely criticised for his views.

    China, for the fourth time, blocked an initiative to tag Jaish-e Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. The move by Beijing – which considers Pakistan an “all-weather ally” – came as the Security Council was to take up a resolution on the matter, days after the February 14 Jaish attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in which 40 soldiers died.

    The resolution, say sources, was backed by an unprecedented number of countries — the figure, sources said, went into “double digits”. India said it was “disappointed by this outcome”.

    “We are disappointed by this outcome. This has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019,” the External Affairs Ministry said.

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