Success for India as BRICS names Pak terror groups

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Sep 2017 08:38:42


By Gaurav Sharma,

XIAMEN (China),

BRICS countries named Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in their joint declaration and deplored their acts

IN A big win for India’s campaign against terrorism emanating from Pakistan, BRICS countries on Monday named Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in their joint declaration while calling for a comprehensive approach to combat terrorism.

The 43-page declaration of the 9th BRICS Summit equated the LeT and JeM -- which New Delhi has blamed for terror attacks in India -- as well as TTP (Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan) with the Islamic State and Al Qaeda and deplored their acts.

Last year, at the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa, China had reportedly opposed the inclusion of the Pakistan-backed terrorist outfits in the declaration.
China has in the past shielded its “all-weather ally” Pakistan even after Islamabad was pilloried by India, the US and other countries for harbouring terrorists.

“We express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al Qaeda and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Toiba(LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM), TTP (Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan) and Hizb ut-Tahrir,” said the Xiamen declaration.
The mention of LeT and JeM is seen as a take away for India from this summit as it has reflected a slight shift in China stance.

JeM chief Masood Azhar has been blamed for deadly cross-border terror attacks on Indian military establishments. India has moved the UN to declare him an international terrorist but China has repeatedly put a hold on the proposal. The LeT was held responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack that killed 166 Indians and foreigners. Asked if it will help India’s case to designate Azhar as an international terrorist, Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said: “The declaration has been endorsed by all the BRICS leaders. So obviously it has the approval and endorsement of all the countries.”

The summit was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Presidents Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Michel Temer of Brazil and Jacob Zuma of South Africa. The Xiamen declaration condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, saying there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism. And it deplored all terror attacks worldwide, including in BRICS countries.
Without naming Pakistan, the statement said: “We reaffirm that those responsible for committing, organising or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable.”

The BRICS countries backed the efforts of the Afghan security forces to defeat terrorism. “We strongly condemn terrorist attacks resulting in death to innocent Afghan nationals. There is a need for immediate cessation of violence,” they said.

China avoids Azhar ban issue after BRICS declaration names JeM: CHINA on Monday parried questions on any change in its stand of blocking JeM chief Masood Azhar’s banning by the UN, even as the declaration of the BRICS Summit for the first time named the terror outfit along with other Pakistan-based groups for spreading violence in the region.

A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked moves to ban Azhar under the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.
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The four documents are: BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Action Agenda on Economic and Trade Cooperation; BRICS Action Plan for Innovation Cooperation (2017-20); Strategic Framework of BRICS Customs Cooperation; and Memorandum of Understanding between the BRICS Business Council and the New Development Bank on Strategic Cooperation (NDB).

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In his intervention at the Dialogue with BRICS Business Council, he said programmes to promote use of digital mode for payments and transactions, encourage
Start-ups to set up businesses and boost local manufacturing are changing the economic landscape of the country.

“India is changing fast into one of the most open economies in the world today. Foreign direct investment inflows are at an all-time high, rising by 40 per cent,” Modi said.