Pulwama Attack: China's Stand Unchanged On Masood Azhar, Amid Global Outrage

Pulwama Attack: China

Pulwama Attack: China's Stand Unchanged On Masood Azhar, Amid Global Outrage 

New Delhi: Many countries came forward to show solidarity with India, after the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. Nations like the United States, UK, Russia and France condemned the attack and said that they are with India in combating the menace of terrorism. However, China has been the only country which has not commented or condemned the terror attack.

Around 40 CRPF Jawans were martyred on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammed after a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying hundreds of kilograms of explosives into their bus in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district that also left many critically wounded.

China is also the country in the United Nations which has openly supported terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar by constantly blocking efforts by India and other UN Security Council members to list him as a UN designated terrorist.

The United States had condemned the terror attack and said it stands alongside India in defeating terrorism.

US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster said, "The US Mission in India strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims."

Russia, while condemning the terror attack, stressed the need to combat such "inhuman acts" with decisive and collective response without any double standards.

"We denounce terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with decisive and collective response without any double standards," a Russian Embassy statement said.

Alexandre Ziegler, the French Ambassador to India said that France most firmly condemns the heinous attack perpetrated in Jammu & Kashmir. He said, "France has always been and always will be by India's side in the fight against terrorism in all its forms."

The heinous attack was condemned by Germany saying that it stands by its strategic partner India.

The horrific attack was condemned by Australia, Turkey and Czech Republic.

India's neighbours Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives also expressed solidarity and vowed to combat the menace of terrorism jointly.

Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih said, "I strongly condemn the deadly terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir today killing at least 40 people. We send our thoughts and prayers to those affected. The Maldives will continue to work with India and the international community to combat terrorism in our region and the world at large."

Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in a message through the country's High Commission, said that her country remains steadfast in its commitment against terrorism of all forms and maintains a zero tolerance policy against any kind of terrorist activities.

She said that her country, Bangladesh would continue to work and cooperate with international community including India to eradicate the menace of terrorism.

"Deeply saddened by the news of the horrific terrorist attack in Kashmir. Bhutan strongly condemns terrorist attack of any nature. Our prayers are with the grieved family and we are following the situation closely," Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering said.

Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka also condemned the attack,  saying that the world must condemn such brutal terrorist attacks and take effective action to prevent such incidents in future.

(Inputs from news agency PTI)