'Pak seriously concerned about threat posed by terrorism, extremism in South Asia'
ANI | Updated: Sep 05, 2017 23:16 IST
In response to a question regarding the BRICS leaders summit document, Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said, "Pakistan is also seriously concerned about the threat posed by terrorism and extremism in the South Asian region."
"We are deeply concerned at the presence of groups like Daesh, ETIM and IMU in the ungoverned spaces in Afghanistan as they pose a threat to peace and security in the region.
"We reject the declaration [released by member countries] at the BRICS Summit," Geo News quoted Dastagir as saying during a meeting of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Defence.
BRICS leaders on Monday unveiled the Xiamen Declaration in which member countries unequivocally condemned terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations and called upon all states to adopt a comprehensive approach in combating the menace, including countering radicalisation, recruitment, and movement of terrorists, including foreign terrorist fighters.
The Xiamen BRICS Declaration signed by the BRICS members specifically stated, "BRICS 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."
"BRICS 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 whatsoever for any act of terrorism. We reaffirm that those responsible for committing, organising, or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable," it added. (ANI)