In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, China has said that they strongly condemn all forms of terrorism however, they have yet again declined to back India’s appeal to list Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’.
Jaish had claimed responsibility of the Pulwama attack in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed.
“China has noted the reports of suicide attack. We are deeply shocked by this attack. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families,” spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang said.
“We firmly oppose and strongly condemn all forms of terrorism. We hope relevant regional countries will cooperate to cope with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold regional peace and stability,” Geng said.
When asked about China’s stand on the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council, he said: “As for the issue of listing, I could tell you that the 1267 Committee of Security Council has a clear stipulation on the listing and procedure of the terrorist organisations”.
“JeM has been included in the Security Council terrorism sanctions list. China will continue to handle the relevant sanctions issue in a constructive and responsible manner,” he said in an apparent reference to External Affairs Ministry’s appeal to all members of the UN Security Council to list Azhar as a global terrorist.
China, a veto-wielding member of the UNSC and a close ally of Pakistan, has repeatedly foiled India’s bid to list Azhar as a global terrorist, saying there is no consensus in the top organ of the world body on this issue.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that ‘militants have committed their worst mistake, will pay a heavy price.’
“We have given complete freedom to the security forces of the country. We have full faith in their bravery and valour,” Modi said while addressing a programme to flag-off the first indigenous Train 18, renamed as Vande Bharat Express at the New Delhi Railway Station.
Calling out Pakistan, without naming he country, Modi said, “Our neighbouring country has already been sidelined by the international community; despite that if it feels it can create problems for India by creating instability, its their mistake.”
His remarks came minutes after the Cabinet Committee on Security that decided to withdraw the “Most Favoured Nation” status given to Pakistan.