New Delhi: China has asked both India and Pakistan to ‘exercise restraint’ several hours after Indian Air Force (IAF) combat jets dismantled Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) biggest camp in Pakistan’s Balakot in a pre-dawn strike. Also Read - Next One on Imran Khan: Shashi Tharoor Responds To Pakistani Comedians Viral Video on His English
“We hope that both India and Pakistan can exercise restraint and adopt actions that will help stabilise the situation in the region and improve mutual relations,” said China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang. He added, “We hope the two countries can keep restraint and do more to improve bilateral relations.” Also Read - Chinese Cyberattack Behind Mumbai's Last Year Power Outage, Report Claims
Stating that fighting terrorism is a global practice and needs necessary cooperation, Kang asked both New Delhi and Islamabad to maintain sound relations and cooperation for peace and stability in South Asia. (Also Read: India Avenges Pulwama LIVE: Masood Azhar’s Brother-in-law, Elder Brother Killed in IAF Strike) Also Read - Pakistan Ready to Resolve All Outstanding Issues With India Through Dialogue, Says Imran Khan
India carried out non-military, pre-emptive air strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) early on Tuesday morning to target the terror group JeM which was planning more attacks in the country after Pulwama, government officials in New Delhi said.
At least 12 Mirage 2000 jets of the IAF shelled 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs to avenge the dastardly Pulwama attack in Kashmir, which claimed lives of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans. The fighter jets pounded JeM terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakoti. As per government sources, around 300 terrorists were neutralised in the action by the IAF.
India struck the biggest camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed and a “very large number” of terrorists were eliminated, said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
China had earlier expressed deep sympathies with the families of the 40 CRPF men who lost their lives the Pulwama attack. China Foreign Minister Wang Yi had said that his country “resolutely opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism”, but Yi failed to make any strong statement on Pakistan. China also tried to stall a United Nations Security Council (UNSOC) statement naming JeM after the Pulwama attack.
China has been repeatedly blocking India and several other countries’ efforts to bring about a global ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar in the UN’s anti-terror 1267 committee.