26/11 Mumbai attacks documentary doesn’t represent China’s stand

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Beijing, June 9 (IANS) China on Thursday vindicated its stand over a documentary based on the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks, alleging Pakistani involvement in the brazen attack.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in its weekly briefing that the documentary aired by state broadcaster China Central Television “does not represent the position of China’s government”.

Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said the documentary was translated into Chinese from a US production. “China’s stance against terrorism is unchanged,” Hong said, without elaborating.

The documentary naming Lashker-e-Toiba for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks showed footage containing confessions of Ajmal Kasab, the lone Pakistani terrorist caught alive during the 26/11 carnage.

The footage was first aired by the state-run Shanghai Television and was subsequently shown by another state-run Chinese television channel.

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It came as a surprise because China has earlier blocked India’s bid to secure a UN ban on LeT operational commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the presumed mastermind of the Mumbai attack.

China had put a technical hold when India sought a ban on him after he was released from prison.

In March, China had also put a technical hold again on attempt to get UN ban on Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar, accused of masterminding of the January Pathankot terrorist attack.



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