Following United States President Donald Trump’s stern warning to Pakistan over providing safe havens to terrorist outfits, Islamabad’s all-time ally China today came out to the defence of Pakistan. Speaking at his first prime-time televised address to announce his Afghanistan and South Asia policy, Trump stated that Pakistan is at the frontline to combat terror activities. Further targeting Pakistan for encouraging ‘agents of chaos’ who kills Americans in Afghanistan, the US President warned Pakistan by stating that Islamabad has “much to lose” by harbouring terrorist outfits.
Backing Pakistan amid the US warnings, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying said, “Hope the relevant policy decision by US side will be conducive to promoting security, stability of the relevant region.”
As reported by The Indian Express, Hua Chunying further backed Pakistan saying, “(On) President Trump’s remarks on Pakistan, I should say that Pakistan is at the frontline of fighting terrorism, has made sacrifices in fighting terrorism, making an important contribution to upholding peace and stability.”
During his address, Donald Trump, in strong words against Pakistan’s terror harbouring, said, “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour terrorists.”
Reacting to Trump’s fresh warnings, the Chinese spokesperson said, “I think the international community should truly affirm the efforts by Pakistan in combating terrorism. We are pleased to see US and Pakistan to conduct cooperation in anti-terrorism efforts on the basis of mutual respect and contribute to the global peace and stability.”
Hitting out at Islamabad for backing terrorism, Trump, during his televised address, further said, “But that will have to change. That will change immediately. No partnership can survive a country’s harbouring of militants and terrorists who target US service members and officials. It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilisation, order, and to peace.”
By Priyam Mukhopadhyay