07 Sep 2017/Thursday
Post BRICS joint declaration Pak government is finding it extremely difficult to articulate its policy towards the spectre of terrorism mushrooming from its land. This is evident from various conflicting and self-defeating statements coming from Pakistan’s
Defence and Foreign Minister.
During a recent meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence, the Pak Defence
Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan rejected the Xiamen Declaration, naming terrorist groups in the region, by leaders of member countries at the BRICS Summit. He says
“We reject the declaration [released by member countries] at the BRICS Summit,”
has no safe haven for terrorists on its soil”, adding that 40 per cent of Afghanistan is a safe haven for terrorists.
same time, Pakistani media houses have quoted Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif admitting in an interview, that, outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) are operating from their soil. The Pak Foreign Minister goes on to says
“Friends (China) should not be tested (every time), particularly in the changed scenario. Instead, we should impose some restrictions
on the activities of the elements like LeT and JeM, so that we can show the global community that we have put our house in order”.
iron shield provided by China to Pakistan’s terror involvement, was also blown away in the storm, as it is also the signatory to BRICS joint Declaration. The Pakistan minister tried to defend China’s role in the BRICS declaration saying that it
should not be considered as China’s official stance as other countries – Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa – are also a part of the group.
However, from the statements coming out from the top echelons of Pak government, it is clear that there is a deep confusion in policy formulation in response to President Trump’s speech and the Xiamen Declaration. The conflicting
stand taken by the two important Ministries has also added to indecisiveness of the Pak Government.
Will Pakistan shun its policy of
nurturing snakes in its backyard while hoping them to bite the neighbour?