China invites Pakistan Foreign Minister for talks after BRICS meet

Laura Christensen
September 7, 2017

According to the statement, Asif will hold talks with State Councillor for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Pakistan on Tuesday rejected a claim by the BRICS Summit that militant groups based in Pakistan were a concern for the regional security, with country's Foreign Office and the defence minister saying none of the named group operates freely inside Pakistan.

Of the BRICS members, India and China are the only ones that border terrorism-linked Pakistan. Foreign Minister Mohammed Asif will pay an official visit to China on September 8, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

Pakistan's news web portals are, however, carrying reports filed by worldwide news agencies such as Reuters on the important change in the stance of the five-nation bloc whose leaders met in China.

The participants discussed the potential strength of the foreign policy and options available in view of the current geo-political and regional situation.

After global condemnation at 2017 BRICS Summit of terror groups in Islamabad posing threat to regional security, Pakistan's foreign minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday acknowledged the need to restrict the activities of terror groups so that the country can tell the world that it has put its house in order.

"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-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir", read a joint declaration issued by the economic bloc during its annual summit in China's Xiamen.

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The Union Home Ministry also sought a report from the Karnataka government over the incident. He also said anyone speaking against the BJP was being silenced.

The committee took strong notice of the hostile and threatening statement made by US President Donald Trump and top US commander in Afghanistan Gen Nicholson and adopted a condemnation resolution.

"It is beyond my understanding how China agreed to this".

No reaction has come from the terror groups too so far against the BRICS declaration. Pakistan will be very upset.

"All this said, I don't think this will lead to any policy shifts in Pakistan".

Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences told state-run Global Times today that "stressing counter-terrorism shows that the BRICS summit, which started from business cooperation, has expanded its cooperation to a more comprehensive level".

China has also supported Pakistan on Kashmir issue. "It means that a big part of Afghanistan is a safe haven".

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