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Pakistan owns up to terror; Didi vs saffron parivar; more

Pakistan owns up to terror; Didi vs saffron parivar; more

Pakistan on Tuesday rejected a statement by the five emerging-market BRICS powers that militant groups in Pakistan pose a regional security concern, with its defence minister saying no group operates freely inside Pakistan.

This comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi last month said there has to be a political settlement in Afghanistan and that US President Donald Trump's new war strategy will fail.

Describing Asif's visit as an "important event" between the two sides which will further the cooperation consensus reached between the two country's leaders, he said it will deepen political cooperation centered on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and promote coordination and communication on global and regional affairs. "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. "Should China actually walk the talk, it will signal a change of China's stance towards Pakistan and terrorism".

Asif also said Pakistan needs to question whether it had fully implemented its National Action Plan (NAP) on terrorism that was framed after a Taliban attack on an army-run in Peshawar in 2014 killed almost 150 people. China can successfully defend its position in BRICS and its bilateral commitment to Pakistan, by keeping its hold on sanctions on Azhar at the UN.

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EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos noted that the judiciary is independent in all EU states in which there is rule of law. The UN's migration agency reports that 125,860 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea so far this year.

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The BRICS nations, condemned terror in a strongly-worded declaration. 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. A range of punitive measures reportedly is being considered, though, such as increasing diplomatic and economic pressure, and intensifying and expanding anti-terrorism drone strikes inside Pakistan.

Earlier, China had ruled out any discussions on Pakistan's counter-terrorism efforts at the BRICS summit. Pakistan, he said, had conducted successful operations Zarb-e-Azb and Rad-ul-Fasaad to eliminate terrorism but the world had not acknowledged the same.

Washington and Kabul have long accused Islamabad of turning a blind eye to the issue of safe havens for Afghan militant groups.

Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday agreed to remain engaged and build closer cooperation between the two countries.

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