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Pakistan made huge efforts and sacrifice in fight against terror: China

Pakistan is a good brother and iron friend of China, says Chinese Foreign Minister

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

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on Friday defended its all-weather ally Pakistan, saying Islamabad has done its "best" to combat 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.

"is a good brother and iron friend of No one knows and understands better than China," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said while addressing a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif here.

Asif is visiting after backed a tough resolution on at the just concluded BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit in Xiamen.

The resolution expressed concern over violence caused by terrorist groups including the Pakistan-based (LeT), Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and Haqqani network.

The BRICS indictment also followed a scathing criticism of over related issued by US President Donald Trump in his South Asia and Afghanistan policy.

Ahead of his visit Asif for the first time admitted needed to rein in terror outfits to avoid "embarrassment" on the global stage.

Avoiding any direct references to BRICS declaration, Wang said 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 has been a victim of terror and more importantly is an important participant in cooperation against terrorism," he said.

"The government and people of made huge efforts and sacrifice on the fight against and such efforts and sacrifice are there for everyone to see. The community should recognise that. When it comes to the issue of counterterrorism, we believe has done its best with a clear conscience," he said.

"In comparison, some countries need to give the full credit it deserves," he said in a veiled reference to India and the US.

The declaration of BRICS, in which is a prominent member had expressed "concern" over the security situation in the region and the violence caused by the Taliban, ISIS, al- Qaeda and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) active in China's Xinjiang and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, LeT, JeM, Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) and Hizb ut-Tahrir.

At the ninth BRICS Summit from September 3 to 5, the BRICS leaders also condemned in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever. They stressed that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of

The naming of the JeM in the declaration also sparked speculation whether would continue to resist efforts by India to bring about a UN ban on its leader Masood Azhar.

has blocked the resolutions brought about by India and later the US, backed by the UK and France, in the UN by putting repeating technical holds.

Meanwhile, Asif said that "strongly" adhered to one-policy.

"We support on its core issues of Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and South Sea," he was quoted by as saying by Dawn news.

He said Operations Zarb-i-Azb and Raddul Fasaad against terrorist groups "including ETIM [East Turkestan Islamic Movement]", which blames for carrying out attacks in its far western region of Xinjiang, have yielded positive results.

"ETIM is not only a threat to but also to Pakistan," he said.

First Published: Fri, September 08 2017. 15:32 IST