Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s focus on highlighting the cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan, the BRICS Summit declaration fell short of mentioning Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The two Pakistan-based outfits responsible for spreading terrorism in India. According to a TOI report, China’s presence in the BRICS grouping is the reason that the two terrorist groups did not find a mention in the final declaration. MEA secretary Amar Sinha was quoted as saying that a consensus on the issue could not be arrived at. “Pakistan-based outfits are focused on India. It doesn’t concern them (other BRICS nations) really, it affects us,” Sinha was quoted as saying. However, Jabhat-al-Nusra and Islamic State (international terror groups) did find a mention in the declaration.
India can, however, take some consolation from the fact that the Goa Declaration mentioned the responsibility of countries to ensure that their soil is not used by terrorist groups to flourish. The declaration also condemned recent terror attacks against BRICS countries. “We strongly condemn the recent several attacks, against some BRICS countries, including that in India. We strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stressed that there can be no justification whatsoever for any acts of terrorism, whether based upon ideological, religious, political, racial, ethnic or any other reasons. We agreed to strengthen cooperation in combating international terrorism both at the bilateral level and at international fora,” the declaration said.
“We call upon all nations to adopt a comprehensive approach in combating terrorism, which should include countering violent extremism as and when conducive to terrorism, radicalisation, recruitment, movement of terrorists including Foreign Terrorist Fighters, blocking sources of financing terrorism, including through organised crime by means of money-laundering, drug trafficking, criminal activities, dismantling terrorist bases, and countering misuse of the Internet including social media by terror entities through misuse of the latest Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs),” it added.
While not scoring this victory, the Modi government did chose the forum to hit out at Pakistan, calling the neighbouring country a “mother-ship of terrorism”. “In our own region, terrorism poses a grave threat to peace, security and development. Tragically, the mother-ship of terrorism is a country in India’s neighborhood,” PM Modi said without directly naming Pakistan. Tensions between the two countries have been mounting after the Uri terrorist attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers. In a strong retaliation, India has not only moved to internationally isolate Pakistan, but has also carried out surgical strikes across the LoC to destroy multiple terrorist launch pads.