US warns China against shielding Pakistan

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US warns China against shielding Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - US has warned that China has a responsibility "to not shield" Pakistan.

"We think China has a responsibility to also not shield Pakistan and join the international community in calling on Pakistan to take action against terrorists operating on its soil," a senior Trump administration official said on Wednesday.

Most Western powers are currently against lending any kind of support to Pakistan in an attempt to exert pressure on the country to take action on terror, especially after the 14 February suicide bombing in Pulwama of India-administered Kashmir which claimed the lives of 40 Indian soldiers.

On India's behest, the US, France and Britain put forward a resolution to the UN Sanctions Committee of the Security Council to designate Pakistan-based Azhar Massod a "global terrorist."

The move suffered a setback as China put a "technical hold" on the process.

Pakistan, which is struggling to boost its deteriorating economy, has already received loans of around $1 billion each from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).