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Pakistan rejects BRICS' anti-terrorism declaration

Pakistan rejects BRICS' anti-terrorism declaration

| | 05 Sep 2017, 06:47 pm
Islamabad, Sep 5 (IBNS): Pakistan has rejected BRICS' anti-terrorism declaration that consisted the names of Pakistan-based terrorist groups, media reports said on Tuesday.

Pakistan's defence minister Khurram Dastgir was quoted by Geo News as saying at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence: "We reject the declaration [released by member countries] at the BRICS Summit."

"Pakistan has taken action against all groups on its soil and only the remnants of some are left," he added.

In an emphatic diplomatic victory for India, BRICS countries, which included hosts China, named Pakistan based militant groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Haqqani network in its declaration that condemned terrorism.

The declaration was passed by the member countries at the BRICS summit in China.

"We strongly condemn terrorist attacks resulting in death to innocent Afghan nationals. 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-Mohammed, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir," said the declaration which was issued during the summit.

"We deplore all terrorist attacks worldwide, including attacks in BRICS countries, and condemn terrorism in all its forms & manifestations wherever committed &by whomsoever & stress that there can be no justification," the declaration read.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited China to attend the three-day BRICS Summit which ended on Tuesday.

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