Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to remain engaged for building closer cooperation: Asif

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to remain engaged for building closer cooperation: Asif

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will visit the regional countries - beginning with China - on September 8 to discuss the foreign policy and the future strategy.

With the BRICS declaration for the first time naming Pakistan-based anti-India terror groups like the LeT and JeM for their violent activities, an editorial in Dawn on Wednesday noted that Islamabad "must not make the mistake of dismissing the signal" from the five-member bloc. India has protested to China over the Dollars 50 billion CPEC as it traverses through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). "These organisations are all sanctioned by the UN Security Council and have a significant impact for Afghanistan issue", foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.

"This has now become a necessity, as China and Russian Federation are looking into the matter very seriously and it's becoming evident that China might not support Pakistan the way it has done in the past", Pakistani analyst Raza Rumi told VOA. "The two sides have seen their relationship growing with a sound momentum, frequent high level exchanges and fruitful outcomes of political cooperation", he said.

As global pressure mounts against Pakistan, Islamabad has opted to unite Russia, China and Turkey against the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

India has opposed the CPEC which passes through a part of Kashmir held by Pakistan.

Commenting on the concerns expressed by BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] summit about the militant groups, he said it should not be considered as China's official stance on that matter.

"These organizations, they have some of their remnants in Pakistan, which we're cleaning", Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan told the Geo TV channel, without specifying which groups he was referring to. "We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIS, Al Qaeda and its affiliates, including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Haqqani Network, Lashkar-i-Taiba, Jaish-i-Mohammad, TTP and Hizbut Tahrir", the leaders had said in the declaration.

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"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".

"It is beyond my understanding how China agreed to this". Pakistan will be very upset.

Trump did not outline what actions he might order to pressure Islamabad to move against the alleged terrorist sanctuaries. "I feel little odd", he said.

Earlier, China had ruled out any discussions on Pakistan's counter-terrorism efforts at the BRICS summit.

"The global community will stand against Pakistan if it does not change its policies", the defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.

There was no safe haven for terrorists here, he said. "The BRICS nations have named the organisations as the first step, and the next steps are to share information and build a security mechanism", Song added.

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