In a major diplomatic development for India, the ongoing BRICS Summit in Xiamen in China, for the first time named terror groups based in Pakistan in a declaration, as the five nations united in condemning terrorism and finding ways to eliminate it.
The declaration, adopted by the five BRICS nations – India, China, Brazil, Russia, and South Africa – explicitly named Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Hizb-ut-Tahrir clearing China’s stand on Pakistan.
“We support the efforts of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in fighting terrorist organizations. We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al-Qaida and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir. 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 reaffirm that those responsible for 22 committing, organizing, or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable,” the declaration said.
The declaration also backed India’s stand on its accession to the Nuclear Suppliers Group, stressing the need for a predictable environment for access to technology and financing.
Moreover, at a restricted session at the BRICS summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for joint counter-terror strategy and suggested a new mechanism to counter-radicalisation. India has also offered to hold an international conference in this regard.
“This is the first time that it has listed specific organisations,” said Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
But whether or not China’s endorsement of the declaration indicates a shift in Beijing’s stand on both issues remains unclear. Beijing has blocked India’s bid to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar at the UNSC as well as India’s bid to enter the NSG.