China steps in to defend ‘all-weather ally’ Pakistan
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi tagged Pakistan as the “mothership of terror”, China staunchly defended its all-weather ally saying it is against linking terror with any country or religion.
“Everyone knows that India and Pakistan are victims of terrorism. Pakistan has made huge efforts and great sacrifices in fighting terrorism. I think the international community should respect this,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a regular news briefing.
“China and Pakistan all all-weather friends. India and Pakistan are both victims of terrorism. In combating terrorism, Pakistan has made great sacrifices. This needs to be recognised by the international community. We oppose linking terrorism to any country or religion,” Hua said.
Modi made the comments about Pakistan at BRICS summit in Goa as part of his government’s effort to isolate Pakistan following the September 18 attack on an army base in Uri in Kashmir in which 19 soldiers were killed.
In his address at the BRICS summit, Modi had said “the most serious direct threat to our economic prosperity is terrorism. Tragically, its mothership is a country in India’s neighbourhood”, a clear reference to Pakistan.
Despite India’s growing relation with China in over the recent past, China has not softened its stand against India entry in the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group. It also vetoed against India’s move to get Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar sanctioned by the UN Security Council for the second time since April.