BRICS summit: LeT, JeM ‘threat to regional peace’

Published: September 4, 2017
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Brazilian President Michel Temer (from right), Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma attend the BRICS Business Forum at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province on September 4, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Brazilian President Michel Temer (from right), Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma attend the BRICS Business Forum at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province on September 4, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

XIAMEN, CHINA: Leaders of the five emerging economic powers have for the first time named militant groups as a security concern in the South Asia region while urging the United Nations to develop a “genuinely broad international counter-terrorism coalition” to combat militancy.

The move came in a declaration passed by heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) at a summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen on Monday.

The group called for an immediate end to violence in Afghanistan.

“We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, (Islamic State), al Qaeda and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir,” the leaders said in the declaration as they called for the patrons of these organisations to be held to account.

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The declaration noted that states had a primary leading role and responsibility in preventing and countering terrorism, stressing that there is a necessity to develop “international cooperation, in accordance with the principles of international law, including that of sovereign equality of states and non-interference in their internal affairs.”

it also noted that establishment of sustainable peace required a comprehensive, concerted and determined approach, based on mutual trust, mutual benefit, equity and cooperation, which addresses the causes of conflicts, including their political, economic and social dimensions.

“We condemn unilateral military interventions, economic sanctions and arbitrary use of unilateral coercive measures in violation of international law and universally recognised norms of international relations. We emphasise that no country should enhance its security at the expense of the security of others,” stated the declaration.

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The group also called on the international community to form a broad coalition to counter terrorism with the UN taking up a central role in this regard. However, it noted that the world body needs to undergo reforms.

“We … reaffirm the need for a comprehensive reform of the UN, including its Security Council, with a view to making it more representative, effective and efficient, and to increase the representation of the developing countries so that it can adequately respond to global challenges,” the declaration read.

‘Nothing new’

Cold water was poured over the jubilation of Indian media over the inclusion of some militant groups in the BRICS declaration with former Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit noting that the groups mentioned were already sanctioned in Pakistan.

“Bizarre! Pakistan has long banned these outfits,” noted Basit who had retired from the hot seat in New Delhi in July.

“We’re also mentioned in Amritsar Heart of Asia declaration paragraph-14 with Pakistan on board,” he added, referring to the December 2016 summit in India.

“So what’s new?” the former diplomat asked on microblogging site Twitter on Monday evening.

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The group had named Lashkar-e-Taiba, which India blames for cross-border attacks including the 2008 assault on its financial capital Mumbai in which 166 people were killed. Pakistan banned the group in 2002.

Jaish-e-Mohammad, which New Delhi blames for a 2001 attack on its parliament, was banned by Islamabad in 2002.

Islamabad also denies any involvement in attacks in India including in the disputed region of Kashmir and says it is itself a victim of attacks.

There was no immediate reaction to the statement from the Foreign Office in Islamabad.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • ksahmad
    Sep 4, 2017 - 10:27PM

    Thats okay lets close the doors for Chinese. Recommend

  • vivek
    Sep 4, 2017 - 10:45PM

    Mr.Modi proved he is a world leader, India Ia only country in the world has good relation with Israel, Iran, USA ,Russia, any comments ?Recommend

  • Faizan
    Sep 4, 2017 - 11:23PM

    in International relations every country negotiates with others in its best interest. Its time Pakistan starts changing its foreign policy and make efforts to remove for internal and external threats alike. The world is changing and we are still living in the 90’s which needs to be changed and we cannot rely on anyone but ourselves. Its time we start acting as a mature state and build our economy, get rid of corruption & extremism, fix our sociopolitical problems and start spending on education, health and human development. The message from BRICS is loud & clear we cannot rely on China, Russia, US or any other state we are on our own and we have to fight our own battles which is the need of the time as well.Recommend

  • Hassan N Ansari
    Sep 5, 2017 - 12:36AM

    Great. Bharat will now have to stop financing, aiding and abetting Terrorism in Pakistan that it does from its ‘consulates’ on Afghan Territory … Recommend

  • syed ahmed
    Sep 5, 2017 - 3:25AM

    FAIZAN, u r responding to these meaningless commentary which is a propaganda against Pakistan..Pakistan has its own policy and enemies dying to derail it.Recommend

  • Sam
    Sep 5, 2017 - 5:23AM

    @Faizan:
    Yes. Economics matters. If the civilian and military setup had focused on that rather than ensuring the status quo, Pakistan would have been a tiger.Recommend

  • Ashraf P
    Sep 5, 2017 - 5:38AM

    So much for higher-than-Himalayas friendship. Today, nobody stands with Pakistan.Recommend

  • Prada
    Sep 5, 2017 - 5:39AM

    Russia supporting Pakistan was a myth created by the media that had no basis. Recommend

  • xyz
    Sep 5, 2017 - 6:53AM

    @vivek:
    Its exactly Nehru’s Non alignment. Recommend

  • bharat
    Sep 5, 2017 - 9:18AM

    @Faizan:

    What battle will you fight with 99 % people living on $ 1 day. Your economy is on the verge of collapse due to excessive loans. Dont blame India for all your problems.Recommend

  • rk singh
    Sep 5, 2017 - 10:34AM

    China has buckled under the pressure, obviously.Recommend

  • XoF
    Sep 5, 2017 - 10:41AM

    Meanwhile Pak is the only nation in the world to act fight and wage war againt these groups in reality. Meanwhile trigger happy Indians feel so Jubilant about it who havent done a single bit of sacrifice or contribution for this global war. All they can do is take their bollywood dreams as realitiesRecommend

  • Shahdab
    Sep 5, 2017 - 10:53AM

    China had to go with the flow there but they are our best friend and will always wish us well.Recommend

  • Taimur
    Sep 5, 2017 - 1:06PM

    China has given a bitter medicine to Pakistan so that it can become a healthy nation again. Only friends will do that. It is time to get rid of these people. They are doing more harm to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Primus
    Sep 5, 2017 - 3:09PM

    Someone wrote this and I think there’s a point ..

    “Brics issues a statement that few banned orgs are a threat to regional peace.. in other words, they just called the dead, dead one more time.

    China has so easily won the hearts and minds of virtually all Indians over a statement in return for their implicit submission to NOT SABOTAGE CPEC. ”

    Looking at the general response by Indian bloggers it seems so true.. Recommend

  • jssidhoo
    Sep 5, 2017 - 9:48PM

    @Faizan: ” we cannot rely on anyone but ourselves.” Golden words Recommend

  • Feroz
    Sep 6, 2017 - 5:34AM

    JEM and LET are a bigger threat to Pakistan because through their propaganda, literature and hate speeches they have the potential to convert ordinary citizens to violent Jihadis. Even those with blinkers can see the threat they pose.Recommend

  • Atif
    Sep 6, 2017 - 6:07AM

    These groups are openly soliciting donations in every town in Pakistan. How can they get away with it without the knowledge of the local security?Recommend

  • Ashraf P
    Sep 6, 2017 - 6:09AM

    @Primus:
    But unfortunately, the declaration also talked about countries in the region providing safe havens for terrorists.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 6, 2017 - 8:07AM

    @Hassan N Ansari:
    All note that Pakistan has never managed to provide any credible evidence to the world that India ever supported terrorists from its FOUR consulates in Afghanistan!Recommend

  • Abid Mahmud Ansari
    Sep 6, 2017 - 8:55AM

    @bharat:
    Are you ignorant or as per Indian ways of thinking, manipulating/giving twist to facts? Bharat do you know that, 30 per cent poor of the poorest of the World are Indians, millions of Bharatis are born on footpaths of Delhi,Bombay,Calcutta and several other cities, they grow up “stunted” on the footpaths, and die on the footpaths, 110 million Indians still don’t have access to electricity, more than 60 per cent Indians don’t have toilets in their homes, they defecate on the roads,on footpaths, on railway tracks in the fields, still more Indians are living as “slum dogs”, So this is your “incredible India”, a rising economy !Recommend

  • BHAGWAT GOEL
    Sep 6, 2017 - 8:58AM

    THIS ARTICLE ITSELF TALKS OF EXCUSES REPEATED UMPTEEN TIMES. THINGS WILL GO ON THE SAME WAY TILL THE END WHICH IS LIKELY SOONER THAN EXPECTED.Recommend

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