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In big win for India, BRICS declaration deplores terror in region, slams Pakistan-based Lashkar, Jaish, Haqqani

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Publication: The Times of India
Date: September 4, 2017
URL:   http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/brics-declaration-deplores-terror-in-region-slams-pakistan-based-lashkar-jaish-haqqani/articleshow/60358487.cms

In a big win for India, and for the first time, BRICS countries on Monday slammed Pakistan without naming it, as they "deplored" terror attacks in member countries and the "violence caused" by Pakistan-based terror outfits.

The 'BRICS Xiamen Declaration' specifically named the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH and Al-Qaida.

In addition, the BRICS members+ also called for greater efficiency in designation of terrorists. This is particularly significant, because it is BRICS member China that has been blocking designating Jaishe-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar.

"All BRICS leaders came up very strongly in condemning terror in all its manifestations. You can see that in seven paragraphs of the declaration," said an MEA spokeswoman on Monday after the declaration was made public.

BRICS members made clear they condemn terrorism in all its forms.

"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," said what is being called the 'BRICS Xiamen Declaration'.

"Members in BRICS countries have been victims of terrorism and today's declaration acknowledges we must work collectively,"said the MEA spokeswoman.
 
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