India has been successful in isolating Pakistan against the terrorism that has been breeding on its soil. In the aftermath of the ghastly attack in Pulwama killing 40 CRPF jawans, India had received global support in its fight against terrorism. The foreign leaders had also called out Pakistan for aiding terrorism on its soil, including the United States.
Pakistan’s all-season friend China, too had condemned the action and asked Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism.
A joint statement released by India, Russia and China during the annual RIC meet, which took place in China today, China cold-shouldered Pakistan with respect to its support to terror groups.
Despite having friendly relations with Pakistan, China has called for Pakistan to stop its support of terror groups and use of them in geopolitical goals.
The statement came at the conclusion of the Russia, India and China Foreign Ministers’ meeting here in the east Chinese city.
The Foreign Ministers strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They called on the international community to strengthen UN-led global counter-terrorism cooperation by fully implementing UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law, while respecting sovereignty and independence of all states, and expeditiously finalizing and adopting the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the earliest.
The ministers reiterated that states and their competent agencies play a central role in both national and international counter-terrorism efforts. They also stressed that terrorist groups cannot be supported and used in political and geopolitical goals.
No country in favour of Pakistan, says Ex-Pak envoy
It is telling that no country, including China, has spoken out in favour of Pakistan after India’s air strike on a terror camp in the country, says Husain Haqqani, the former Pakistani Ambassador to the US, asserting that it was reflective that the world’s patience with terrorist safe havens is running thin.
India bombed and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 80-km from the Line of Control (LoC) early on Tuesday, killing a large number of terrorists.
“It is telling that no country has spoken out in Pakistan’s favour after the Indian air strike,” he told PTI.
“Even China called for restraint on both sides instead of supporting Pakistan in protesting India’s violation of Pakistan’s air space,” Haqqani responded to a query.
Currently, director of South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute think-tank, he has authored the book “Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State”.
“Hyper-nationalist sentiment in Pakistan may not want to recognise it but the world’s patience on terrorist safe havens is running thin and that is not good for Pakistan,” Haqqani said.
Adding to Haqqani’s voice is another Pakistani scholar Moeed Yusuf who also agrees that the global opinion was not with Pakistan.
“Given that global opinion is with India, whether a skirmish occurs in Pakistani or Indian airspace doesn’t matter as much. So Pakistan will do its best to absorb this strike and not escalate,” Yusuf said.
“Of course, the paradox is that the more successful an Indian strike, the more difficult it is for Pakistan to look the other way,” he said.
Nations supporting India
Foreign diplomats from USA, UK, Russia, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey and six Asian nations were briefed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on the airstrike in Balakot.
France stands with India in the fight against terrorism
After the Pulwama attack, the French government issued a statement supporting India.
“France, which stands by India in the fight against terrorism in all its forms is fully engaged in mobilising the international community to sanction terrorists responsible for this attack (Pulwama) and freezing their financing networks,” Acting spox of France’s Ministry of Europe & Foreign Affairs said.
France called on India and Pakistan to exercise restraint to avert any risk of military escalation and preserve strategic stability in the region. “Resumption of dialogue between Islamabad-New Delhi is necessary to initiate peaceful settlement of differences.”
The Australian Foreign Ministry asks Pak to act against JeM
“Pakistan must do everything possible to implement its own proscription of Jaish-e-Mohammed. It can no longer allow extremist groups the legal and physical space to operate from its territory,” the Australian Foreign Ministry said. “These steps would make a substantial contribution to easing tensions and resolving the underlying causes of conflict,” it said.
China calls for restraint
China, a close ally of Pakistan, called for restraint from both Islamabad and New Delhi to prevent further escalation. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that it was “conducive to peace and stability in South Asia for the two sides to maintain a good relationship and good communication”.