Ignoring global out-cray against Pakistan giving shelter to dreaded terror groups and extending its intelligence and military assistance to them, China has said it will stand by Pakistan during such testing times and would support its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
China took exception over several countries are questioning Pakistan’s role in Pulwama terror attack in India’s Jammu & Kashmir, last month and said that Pakistan should not be cornered post-Pulwama terror attack. China’s stance to the international community assumes significance, especially in the light of the strained ties between India and Pakistan.
Speaking in Beijing at the first-ever China-Pakistan Foreign Minister-level strategic dialogue, China Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, “No matter how things change in the world and in the region, China will firmly support Pakistan in upholding its sovereign independence and territorial integrity and dignity.”
Yi met Pakistan Minister Mehmood Qureshi yesterday, where they discussed the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans and led to a stand-off with India. Qureshi is reported to have said that Pakistan “was and is” ready for a dialogue with India to arrest the deteriorating situation between the two nations.
The China-Pakistan meeting comes a week after China, for the fourth time, blocked a resolution at the UN to declare JeM leader Masood Azhar an international terrorist. Azhar’s outfit had claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack. Interestingly, many countries have stood stolidly behind India. France has sanctioning Azhar and frozen his assets.
However, China came to the defence of its ally and asked other countries not to vilify it. Wang reportedly said a peaceful and stable South Asia was in the common interest of regional counties. “China commends the constructive efforts taken by Pakistan to ease the situation. We call Pakistan and India to exercise restraint and peacefully resolve their differences,” he said.