07 September, 2017
Earlier in the day, the Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir said Pakistan has no "safe haven" for terrorists on its soil, as he rejected the declaration naming terrorist groups in the region by leaders of member countries at the BRICS Summit.
He said most of the terrorists being killed in Afghanistan belonged to the Haqqani network, while attacks in Pakistan also emanated from that country. Foreign Minister Mohammed Asif will pay an official visit to China on September 8, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.
Pakistan reports indicate that Asif will soon visit Moscow to discuss the USA strategy.
"The two sides will review bilateral relations and regional developments, including the situation in Afghanistan", Pakistan Foreign Office said.
Although Beijing and Islamabad consider their fellow nuclear-armed country India to be their regional rival, China and India have signaled concern about Pakistani-based jihadists, a position that is consistent with recent remarks from U.S. President Donald Trump as he announced his plan to end the 16-year-old war, officially dubbed the South Asia Strategy.
Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations at the BRICS Summit in China and expressed concern over threat posed by terror groups, including those based in Pakistan.
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"We reject the declaration of the BRICS Summit", he told a meeting of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Defence here.
"We reaffirm that those responsible for committing, organizing, or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable", the declaration added.
"The BRICS declaration suggests an global trend that Pakistan can not afford to ignore". The BRICS declaration in the Chinese city Xiamen was significant given that China previously repeatedly stonewalled any reference to Pakistan or terrorist groups based there. This is too costly to China.
The Pentagon has long accused Pakistan of harboring numerous groups highlighted in the BRICS documents, including the terrorists who operate in Afghanistan, which also shares a direct border with China.
Meanwhile, Asif, in an interview with a private TV channel, acknowledged the existence of some internationally banned organistations operating from within Pakistan and called for imposing restrictions on the activities of those outfits.
"The organisations are already defined as terrorists by global society, and have threatened the security of the world and BRICS countries", Song said.