SRINAGAR — Defending Pakistan, China on Friday said that Pakistan has made tremendous efforts in fighting terrorism, which is facing flak for sponsoring terrorism, saying the country has made ‘tremendous sacrifice’ in fighting terrorism.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, “Terrorism is a common challenge faced by all countries. Pakistan has made tremendous efforts and sacrifice in fighting terrorism and the international community should recognize and respect that. China opposes all kinds of terrorism.”
Pertinently, at 17th meeting of US-India Counter-Terrorism Joint Working Group and Designations Dialogue, United States and India underlined the urgent need for Pakistan to take immediate, sustained and irreversible action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for terrorist attacks.
Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary for Counter-Terrorism, Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Ambassador Nathan A Sales, US State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, discussed counterterrorism cooperation, resolving to continue close coordination on this important element of the comprehensive global strategic partnership that exists between the two countries.
Later, US Department of State issued a statement in which it said, “They exchanged views on threats posed by UN-sanctioned terrorist entities and emphasised the need for concerted action against all terrorist networks, including al-Qaeda, ISIS/Daesh, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.”
The statement further read, “The two sides underlined the urgent need for Pakistan to take immediate, sustained, and irreversible action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for terrorist attacks, and to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of such attacks, including 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot.”
US reiterated its support for the people and India in the fight against terrorism, during the webinar.
The State Department further added in the statement, “There was a joint commitment to strengthen cooperation on information sharing and other steps to disrupt the ability of international terrorists to travel, consistent with the important provisions and obligations outlined in United Nations Security Council Resolution 2396.”