Cong welcomes BRICS declaration condemning terrorism


India and China have been at loggerheads over designating Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist.

New Delhi, Sep.4 (PTI): The Congress today welcomed the BRICS declaration condemning terrorism and hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi would now take up the issue of declaring Jaish chief Masood Azhar an worldwide terrorist. Its defence minister, Khurram Dastagir, said "there are no safe terrorist safe havens in Pakistan", The Nation reported.

The statement by the BRICS countries, which also include India, Brazil and South Africa, called into question the degree to which Pakistan will be able to resist United States pressure by aligning itself closer with China and Russian Federation.

BRICS is composed of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - countries that are among the five fastest growing economies in the world.

Pakistan's Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir dismissed the BRICS declaration naming terrorist groups in the region by leaders of member countries at the BRICS Summit in China on Monday.

The spokesperson added: "We are deeply concerned at the presence of groups such as Daesh, ETIM [East Turkestan Islamic Movement] and IMU [Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan] in the ungoverned spaces in Afghanistan as they pose a threat to peace and security in the region".

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During the discussions, China found that the other four countries wanted terror groups including Jaish and LeT named and condemned, and so was compelled to make a tactical concession, because there were no takers for its line that Pakistan was leading the fight against terrorism.

He further said that the Pakistan will consult regional partners and then proceed to the US for talks on the recent "anti-Pakistan" comments by US President Donald Trump.

The Muslim Uighur minority, which primarily resides in the largest province in China where human rights groups say Beijing keeps them oppressed, have joined Islamic extremist groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) that have threatened to attack China.

The External Affairs Ministry summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Haider Shah on Tuesday and made a demarche over increase in cross border infiltration by Pakistani nationals belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist organization.

Saeed, who masterminded the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, is only one of several examples of Pakistan's patronage of terrorism.

However, for India, this came as a huge win because for years India has been trying to get these groups outlawed internationally and it was always China that came out in favor of Pakistan by not condemning these groups.