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07 September 2017, 01:55 | Colleen Roy
JeM chief Maulana Masood AzharReuters
With the BRICS declaration for the first time naming Pakistan-based anti-India terror groups like the LeT and JeM for their violent activities, an editorial in Dawn on Wednesday noted that Islamabad "must not make the mistake of dismissing the signal" from the five-member bloc.
During the visit, the foreign minister will hold meetings with China's State Councillor for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Asif conveyed that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Afghanistan, and is prepared to work with Afghanistan in all fields, including political, economic, trade and transit, security, and others fields for the progress and prosperity of the two countries.
It noted that while the presence of India in the bloc "clearly influenced the language of the declaration in implicitly pointing towards Pakistan, but China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa will only have added their voices to the growing chorus of concern because of genuine considerations of their own".
Officials said that the visit was part of efforts to develop support for Pakistan after US President Donald Trump criticised Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists.
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 worldwide and regional affairs.
He said that following operation "Zarb-e-Azb", there are no safe havens for terrorists inside Pakistan, while their remnants are being wiped out through intelligence-based operations (IBOs) under the military campaign "Raddul Fasaad".
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