China’s Condolence Message on Pulwama Attack has no mention of Pakistan, Jaish

Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Feb 16 : In a condolence message to Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj over the Pulwama terror attack, China on Friday expressed “deep sympathies” to the families of the 40 CRPF men killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir and made no reference to Pakistan or Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, who has claimed responsibility for the attack.

China on Saturday sent a condolence message to India and denounced “all forms of terrorism” and stressed that terrorism is the common enemy of mankind and that the “Chinese side resolutely opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism”.

The message by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed that terrorism is the common enemy of mankind and that the “Chinese side resolutely opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism”.

The statement, however, did not make any reference to Pakistan, even though the attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed almost immediately.

“Countries in the region should enhance cooperation, jointly address the threat of terrorism and maintain regional peace and security,” Wang Yi’s message to Swaraj said.

India has said it had “incontrovertible evidence” of Pakistan’s involvement in the Pulwama attack. The Pakistan government, however, has denied involvement, calling the attack a matter of “grave concern.”

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