China has always been blind to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, directed against India. But recent BRICS declaration raised hopes that Beijing may have finally woken up to the dangers posed by Pakistan-based terror groups. However, such line of thinking doesn’t present the real picture as China appears to be playing a diplomatic football with India and Pakistan.
Apparently, China agreed to sign on the BRICS declaration, surprising Pakistan, amid pressure from India and the rising condemnation of Pakistan for terrorism across the world. The development had shocked Pakistan’s media and government, which immediately denounced the BRICS declaration, while the media said Islamabad can no longer not act against terror groups like JeM and LeT. However, there is a twist in the tale as China is also trying hard to placate “all-weather ally” Pakistan.
On Wednesday, Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong assured Islamabad that Beijing had not made any u-turn on its policy towards Pakistan. He assured that BRICS declaration didn’t demand anything of Pakistan. The Dawn reported him as saying, “The BRICS declaration mentioned organisations which are already banned,” Sun said, adding, “There has been no change in Chinese policy regarding Pakistan.”
Sun also praised Pakistan’s “efforts against terrorism”, saying Beijing supports Pakistan’s “stance on terrorism”.
On Friday, China assured Pakistan that Beijing would firmly continue to support Pakistan in its “war against terrorism.”
Addressing a press conference with Pakistan foreign minister Khwaja Asif in Beijing, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said, “Pakistan is an important participant in the fight against global terrorism and it has made several sacrifices in the war on terror.”
Pakistan’s dubious war on terror, that nurtures jihadi groups targeting India, is now an open secret for the democratic world. Beijing’s continuing support to Islamabad on terrorism, even after signing BRICS declaration, shows it is least concerned about real fight against terrorism.
What BRICS declaration said
“We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al-Qaida and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir.”