BEIJING: China on Thursday dismissed reports that its policy towards Pakistan had changed because state media had telecast a documentary that purportedly blamed the Lashkar-e-Taiba for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.
Dubbed in Chinese, the documentary made by the US and Britain, “Seconds from Disaster: Mumbai Massacre”, showed television footage of the attacks and the narration referred to the involvement of Pakistan-based terror groups in the coordinated assaults.
The telecast of the documentary prompted reports from Hong Kong and Beijing that China had apparently publicly acknowledged the role of Pakistan – its all-weather ally–in the attacks for the first time.
On Friday, the foreign ministry said there was no change in its policies and dismissed the reports. In a written reply to HT, spokesperson Hong Lei said the ministry had checked and found the film was a “Chinese-dubbed American documentary”.
“What it said does not represent the position of the Chinese government. China’s position on the issue of counter-terrorism remains unchanged,” Hong said. He did not mention Pakistan in his statement but made it clear there was no connection between its policies and assert ions made in the documentary.
The introduction of the documentary states :“On November 26, 2008, terrorists attack two luxury hotels (one of them the famous Taj Mahal Hotel ), a Jewish educational centre, a café and a train station in Mumbai, killing 166 people. They also placed pipe bombs in two taxis, which killed the drivers whilst driving to a hotel.”