Beijing: China on Friday defended its all-weather ally Pakistan, saying Islamabad has done its “best” to combat terrorism and some countries need to give it “full credit” for that, days after Beijing backed the BRICS’s declaration which named Pakistan-based terror groups like LeT and JeM for the first time.
“Pakistan is a good brother and iron friend of China. No one knows Pakistan and understands Pakistan better than China,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi said while addressing a joint press conference with his counterpart Khawaja Muhammad Asif here. Asif is visiting China after the just concluded BRICS summit in Xiamen.
Avoiding any direct references to the BRICS declaration, Wang said terrorism was a global issue and requires concerted efforts from all countries. “Instead of blaming each other, countries need to work with each other. For years Pakistan has been a victim of terror and an important participant in international cooperation against terrorism,” he said.
“The government and people of Pakistan made huge efforts and sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and these are there for everyone to see. The international community should recognise that. When it comes to the issue of counterterrorism, we believe Pakistan has done its best with a clear conscience,” he said.
“In comparison, some countries need to give Pakistan the full credit it deserves,” he said in a veiled reference to India and the US.