The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) group has termed the Pakistan based groups Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as terror organizations, thereby removing a major obstruction in ties between the two neighboring countries, India and China and paving a way for a united fight against global extremism.
A Joint declaration released at the BRICS summit on Monday expressed concern about the regional security situation and listed Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, 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 as sources of violence.
Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs was optimistic and authoritative when asked about the effectiveness of the declaration to impose a UN ban on Masood Azhar, as an international terrorist, and said- “The declaration has been endorsed by all the BRICS leaders, so obviously it has the approval and endorsement of all the countries.”
BRICS position underscores a shift in China position
China has always pressed for a “technical hold” in designating the head of Pakistan based JEM as an international terrorist in the United Nations Security Council 1267 committee—a move that seemed to reflect its special ties with Islamabad.
And the BRICS declaration underscores a shift in China’s position, as China looks forward to strengthening bilateral ties with India.
The declaration reflected India’s ideology that there can be no distinction between terror groups, which was highlighted when it said in the context of Taliban that there can be no “good terrorists and bad terrorists”.
In response to a question, Ms. Saran explained: “Terrorism is a scourge that has to be addressed collectively, by the entire international community. And I think increasingly there is a realization that you cannot have double standards in tackling this scourge. You cannot have good and bad terrorists.”
Combat against global terrorism
Stepping up the combat against global terrorism further at the international level, India is now planning to hold a global conference on countering radicalization, Ms. Saran said. “On countering radicalization, India in the context of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the BRICS offered to organize a global conference on countering radicalization. Countries with a positive experience on this will be able to share their experience (at this conference).”
India has already signaled that it wants to open a new chapter in ties with China and the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping scheduled on Monday might well serve the purpose.
“We want to bury the ghost of D-word (Doklam) in our engagement in the future,” an official source who did not wish to be named said. “This will be the central message that the Prime Minister would like to convey during his visit to Xiamen,” he observed.
Besides, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday had also highlighted the urgency of avoiding “confrontation” as the security template for the five emerging economies, which are setting a course for the second decade of their collaboration.