BEIJING: Amid mounting US pressure on Pakistan to rein in terror groups, China on Saturday backed its all-weather ally and said Washington should “give full recognition” to Islamabad’s “active efforts” to combat terrorism.
“Pakistan is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism,” the Chinese foreign ministry said, reacting to Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joseph Dunford’s remarks that Pakistan’s spy agency ISI has connections with terrorist groups and Islamabad should change its behaviour.
Over the years, Pakistan has made active efforts to combat terrorism and made huge sacrifices to combat terrorism, the ministry said in a written response to a question from PTI about Gen Dunford’s comments.
“We believe that the international community should give full recognition to Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts,” the ministry said.
China supports the international community to strengthen international anti-terrorism cooperation and form a concerted effort, it said.