India, Pakistan are both victims of terrorism: China defends ally after Modi's 'mothership' remark

China said it would be in the interests of both nations and the region, if Pakistan and India could resolve their differences through dialogue. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Beijing, China Oct 17, 2016, 11.17 AM (IST)

Pakistan's long-standing ally, China came out in its defence after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks touting its neighbour as the "mothership of terrorism" at the BRICS Summit in Goa yesterday.  

"China is opposed to linking any country or religion with terror," the spokesperson of the Chinese foreign ministry Hua Chunying said in a sharp reaction when questioned about Modi's remarks. 

Beijing asked the world community to acknowledge Pakistan's "great sacrifices" in combating terrorism and said that India and Pakistan are "all victims of terrorism". China said it hoped that the two neighbours of China could resolve their differences in a peaceful manner through dialogue and consultation to serve the interests of both countries and the region. 

To another query about Modi's criticism that Pakistan continues to aid and abet terror groups opposed to India, China maintained that its position on counter-terrorism is consistent, she said, "we oppose terrorism in all forms and we believe that international concerted efforts are needed to ensure stability and security of all countries."

On Sunday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the summit with BRICS leaders had made a veiled attack on its neighbour Pakistan, calling it the "mothership of terrorism".

He urged the leaders to collectively fight the global terror threat, and eradicate the sources of terror funding. He also asked the countries to adopt a "holistic" approach in successfully combating terrorism.

The Goa declaration issued at the end of the summit agreed to strengthen cooperation in fighting terrorism both at the bilateral level and at international fora. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)