China strongly defended Pakistan saying it was against linking any country or religion with terror and asked the world community to acknowledge Pakistan’s “great sacrifices.”

In a sharp reaction to a question about characterisation of Pakistan at the BRICS Summit in Goa, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying said China was opposed to linking any country to terrorism.

The statement came a day after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Pakistan a “mothership of terrorism.”

Responding to Mr Modi’s criticism of Islamabad, she said “on counter-terrorism, China’s position is consistent. It is the same way we oppose linking terrorism with any specific country or religion.”

“We oppose terrorism in all forms and we believe that international concerted efforts are needed to ensure stability and security of all countries,” she added.

The spokesperson said China opposed linking terrorism with any specific ethnicity or religion. “This is our long-standing position. China and Pakistan are all-weather friends,” Chunying said. Noting that Pakistan and India were “all victims of terrorism”, she said Islamabad has made “great sacrifice to combat terrorism and this needs to be recognised by the international community.”