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China Defends Pakistan On Counter-Terrorism, Says Country Not Getting "Full Credit"

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| September 9 , 2017 , 11:04 IST

Merely four days after China made a joint declaration with BRICS countries condemning Pakistan-based terrorist groups, the country has changed its statement defending Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.

After US President Donald Trump's criticism of Pakistan's lacking anti-terror measures, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that Islamabad is not getting the "full credit" for its efforts against terrorism by "some countries".

Making a joint statement with his Pakistani counterparty Khawaja Muhammad Asif, who went to China after the BRICS summit, the Chinese Foreign Minister said, "When it comes to the issue of counterterrorism, we believe Pakistan has done its best with a clear conscience. In comparison, some countries need to give Pakistan the full credit it deserves."

Wang said, "Terrorism is a global issue and requires concerted efforts from all countries.. Instead of blaming each other, countries need to work with each other."

"Pakistan is a good brother and iron friend of China. No one knows Pakistan and understands Pakistan better than China. For years, Pakistan has been a victim of terror and more importantly, Pakistan is an important participant in international cooperation against terrorism," he added.

Pakistani foreign Minister Asif also took the stage at the public statement praising the country saying, "China is playing constructive role in this regard and we fully support that. One of the purposes of the visit was to exchange views with foreign minister Wang on how best Pakistan and China can contribute to finding a solution to the Afghan problem."

Earlier, China has made a joint statement with BRICS countries condemning terror organisations like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad working from the soil of Pakistan.

The country's decision had led speculators to believe that China was reconsidering its allegiance with Pakistan.

While Pakistan has continuously denied harbouring terrorism in the country, several terrorists be it Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden or Mullah Omar have been found residing in the country over the last few years.