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Pakistan rejects BRICS declaration; says no terrorism from its soil

Even as pressure mounts on Pakistan to crack down on terror activities occurring from its soil, Pakistan today adopted a belligerent approach by rejecting the declaration made by BRICS countries including China. Pakistan acted quite similar to rogue country North Korea and said that there was no terrorism originating from its soil. It may be recalled that all members of BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have condemned terrorism and expressed concerns about terror groups functioning from countries such as Pakistan. The joint declaration signed by the BRICS countries mentioned all the various terror groups such as Taliban, ISIS, al- Qaeda and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Hizb ut-Tahrir.

However, Pakistan just prefers to ignore such concerns and completely deny the presence of terrorists on its soil. During a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defense, Pakistan’s defense minister Khurram Dastgir said, “We reject the declaration at the BRICS Summit”. Dastgir said that the declaration has been rejected by Pakistan since the country is not a safe haven for terrorists, as is being highlighted globally. He said that as a matter of fact, Pakistan has been taking continuous action against terrorists and terror organizations. He said that Afghanistan is the home for terrorists and not Pakistan.

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