BEIJING: India has sent out a clear message to the BRICS countries, including China, that they should not believe in the Pakistani narrative about making a distinction between “good” and “bad” terrorists. Pakistani leaders have been trying to propagate this theory to protect a section of extremists, and China has shown no signs of discomfort about this narrative.
“I have pointed out that terrorism remains the most potent global menace and threatens global peace… And terrorists cannot be differentiated by calling them good or bad,” V K Singh, minister of state for external affairs, said at a joint press conference after the meeting of BRICS foreign ministers in Beijing on Monday.
The press conference was also attended by foreign ministers of all BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
The meeting comes ahead of the BRICS summit of the heads of governments, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Xiamen city of southern China in September.
Pointing out that there was a need to expedite the adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the United Nations, Singh said all the BRICS countries are supporting this move. “The BRICS agenda has witnessed steady expansion,” Singh said.
“The joint working group on counter-terror concluded its meeting in May. Our NSAs are scheduled to meet next month. In their meeting last year, they reached significant understanding to enhance BRICS cooperation in security and counter-terrorism.”
India has been unhappy about China’s continued efforts to defend Pakistan on the issue of terrorism. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said, “China and India are both major countries with great influence, and that they should boost cooperation in the BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and all other multilateral frameworks to make a contribution to peace and stability in the region and the world at large.”