Pakistan owns up to terror; Didi vs saffron parivar; more

Saul Bowman
September 7, 2017

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif will visit Beijing on Friday to discuss a range of issues with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, China said on Wednesday.

Asif conveyed that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Afghanistan, and is prepared to work with Afghanistan in all fields, including political, economic, trade and transit, security, and others fields for the progress and prosperity of the two countries.

On September 4, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) leaders unanimously condemned terror outfits including those based out of Pakistan, signalling a massive diplomatic win for India.

Defence Expert Qamar Agah lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for managing to bring the issue of terrorism in the main agenda of the BRICS summit.

Asif was supposed to travel to China, Russia, Turkey and Iran this week to drum up support for Islamabad after US President Donald Trump warned Pakistan of consequences if it continues to support terror groups.

"Some observers have downplayed the importance of this declaration given that it's just a matter of singling out terrorist groups that have already been formally banned in Pakistan".

Pakistan has always strongly denied offering safe havens to militants groups.

"We deplore all terrorist attacks worldwide, including attacks in BRICS countries, and condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever and stress that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism". "We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIS, Al Qaeda and its affiliates, including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Haqqani Network, Lashkar-i-Taiba, Jaish-i-Mohammad, TTP and Hizbut Tahrir", the leaders had said in the declaration.

Responding to the BRICS' announcement, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said it also is concerned about the threat posed by terrorism and extremism in South Asia.

To the apparent surprise of Islamabad, China came out in support of the BRICS declaration slamming Pakistan-linked terrorist groups. This is a case of China, which has repeatedly stymied efforts to sanction terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and especially Jaish-e-Mohammed in global forums, signing on to a formal statement condemning these very groups. "I feel little unusual", he said. Some Chinese nationals have lost their lives inside Pakistan at the hands of Islamic terrorists.

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