- Sep 24, 2017
A Chinese strategist writing in a Party-run newspaper on Wednesday blamed India for launching terror attacks in Balochistan, while at the same time seeking to absolve Pakistan of responsibility for terror attacks in Kashmir.
China's stand on Pakistan-sourced terror will again be under the lens at the end of this month, as a U.S., U.K. and France-supported application to list the Pakistani terrorist and Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar comes for review at the UN Security Council sanctions committee. This follows China placing a six-month "technical hold" earlier this year to block the listing.
In a commentary that reflects how many Chinese strategic experts have strongly backed Pakistan on the terror issue, the article by Long Xingchun, director of the Center for Indian Studies at China West Normal University, in the Global Times newspaper, wrote that "When India criticises the world of double standards on terrorism, it has itself long supported separatist groups in Pakistan's Balochistan Province who launch terror attacks in the country."
Long further added that "most attacks targeting India are not carried out by anti-India militant groups in Kashmir, but Maoists and the separatist forces in Northeast India are behind most assaults." He also hit out at External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for her speech at the UN and said that it was "inappropriate for Swaraj to connect terrorism with Pakistan."
Seeking to absolve Pakistan for its links to terror groups, Long claimed that "these organisations are not directly controlled by the Pakistani government."
"Attacks on India launched by militant groups in Kashmir won't end until the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan is resolved. Although neither side is willing to compromise, they know it is impossible for either to obtain the entire region. As both are nuclear powers, there are more pragmatic views in the two countries over dividing Kashmir in keeping with the LoC", he added.
"China has remained neutral on the Kashmir issue, hoping that the two can peacefully solve their disputes. China can play a constructive role if the two require its help. Otherwise, China would not get involved."