ISLAMABAD: China on Friday appreciated the “positive contribution” of Pakistan to the international counterterrorism efforts and supported Islamabad’s crackdown on terrorists.

“China appreciates the positive contribution by Pakistan to the international counter-terrorism cause, firmly supports Pakistan in cracking down terrorist forces. Attempts that aim to sabotage #CPEC are doomed to fail,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao said hours after Mr Modi claimed a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) plot in occupied Kashmir had been thwarted.

Mr Lijian’s specific reference to the CPEC also underscored the importance China attaches to the project and its success and security.

“Neutralising of 4 terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed and the presence of large cache of weapons and explosives with them indicates that their efforts to wreak major havoc and destruction have once again been thwarted,” Mr Modi said in a tweet.

“Our security forces have once again displayed utmost bravery and professionalism. Thanks to their alertness, they have defeated a nefarious plot to target grassroots level democratic exercises in Jammu and Kashmir,” he further said.

According to the Indian media, the tweets followed a meeting chaired by PM Modi in which intelligence inputs warned of a terrorist plot on the Mumbai attacks anniversary.

The Indian allegations came days after Pakistan unveiled evidence of India’s sponsorship of terrorism in Pakistan and shared specific details in this regard with the United Nations, the five permanent members of UN Security Council, and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Earlier in Beijing, Lijian expressed similar views during his regular press briefing, while responding to a question regarding the joint news conference by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar last week.

At the news conference in Islamabad, Qureshi and Maj Gen Iftikhar unveiled a dossier, containing “irrefutable evidence” of India’s sponsorship of terrorism in Pakistan. Qureshi and Iftikhar stated that India was trying to sabotage CPEC.

The Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesman said that any attempt to sabotage the CPEC flagship project would not succeed. “I have already given my response on this issue. No attempt to sabotage the CPEC will succeed,” he said.

He reiterated that the CPEC was an important and pioneering project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and it was not only important for common development of the two countries but also for regional connectivity and prosperity. “We are confident that with support of the international community, China and Pakistan can work together to ensure CPEC’s success,” he said.

At the news conference in Islamabad, Qureshi and the ISPR chief shared with media persons video and audio clips, along with documents, of Indian handlers and terrorists communicating with each other and Indian intelligence handlers passing on instructions to terrorists in Pakistan.

This week, Islamabad gave a briefing to the envoys of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which also include China, about the specific proofs of Indian involvement in terrorism in the country.

“The envoys were apprised of India’s involvement in planning, promoting, aiding, abetting, financing and execution of terrorist activities in Pakistan,” the Foreign Office said. “The dossiers containing irrefutable evidence … were handed over to them [envoys],” it added.

Lijian told the briefing in Beijing that China opposed all forms of terrorism and also opposed double standards on counterterrorism. “China calls on the international community, the regional countries in particular, to carry out counterterrorism cooperation and safeguard collective security,” he added. (WITH INPUT FROM APP)