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BRICS declaration names militant groups as regional concern

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BRICS declaration names militant groups as regional concern

September 04
19:35 2017

BRICS leaders (from L to R) Brazilian President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Jacob Zuma, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold each other hands as they pose for a group photo at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen in southeastern China’s Fujian Province, Monday, Sept 4, 2017.–Xinhua

XIAMEN, (China), Sept 4:  The leaders of the five emerging market powers have for the first time named Pakistan-based militant groups as a regional security concern and called for their patrons to be held to account.

The 43-page ‘Xiamen Declaration’, adopted at the end of the five-nation BRICS plenary, expressed “concern” over the security situation in the region and the violence caused by the Taliban, ISIS, al-Qaida 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 Hizbut-Tahrir.

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which make up the BRICS grouping, met in the Chinese city of Xiamen.

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, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir,” the leaders said in the declaration.

Lashkar-e-Taiba is a militant group based in Pakistan which India blames for cross-border attacks including the 2008 assault in its financial capital Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.

Jaish-e-Mohammad, another anti-India group based in Pakistan, was blamed for a 2001 attack on Parliament.

India has long demanded that Pakistan take action against these groups. Islamabad denies any involvement in attacks in India including in the disputed region of Kashmir and said it is itself a victim of attacks.

China is a close ally of Pakistan and has in the past sprung to its defence, especially when India tried to isolate its arch rival in international fora.

China, though, has repeatedly blocked India’s attempt to get the head of Jaish-e-Mohammad added to a UN blacklist of groups linked to al Qaeda.–Agencies

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