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The BRICS declaration 2017 explicitly names Pakistan-based terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, along with other regional terror outfits, and implores joint BRICS action against terrorism.

In a brief statement, the ministry pointed to the presence of terrorist groups in "the ungoverned spaces of Afghanistan", including the Pakistani Taliban and its associates like Jamaatul Ahrar, Islamic State and anti-China militants.

Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa attended the BRICS summit in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen.

Wang Yi maintained that China would continue to engage itself with Pakistan for peace and prosperity of the region. "To support the initiative, Pakistan has already undertaken many steps, and will pursue those steps of improving relationship with Kabul", Asif said while addressing a joint press conference with Wang. Wang Yi stressed that Beijing saw Pakistan as a close ally, which was a key part of the solution to defeat worldwide terrorism.

"There is a need for immediate cessation of violence ... to promote peace and stability, to the fight against terrorism and drug-threat, and to the national reconstruction efforts by Afghanistan".

At the ninth BRICS Summit from September 3 to 5, the BRICS leaders also condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever.

A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked moves to ban Azhar under the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.

But Pakistan's sympathizers in the Communist Party of China have been considerably weakened owing to the recent revamping of the country's military establishment, and the rising influence of the business lobby who object to Beijing's closeness to regimes and countries that are associated with misrule and terrorism.

China and Pakistan today took swipes at President Donald Trump's newly unveiled Afghanistan policy as they called for new talks with the Taliban to resolve the 16-year conflict in the land-locked nation.

"Announcing his visit, Geng Shuang, the spokesperson at the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said, "a range of issues" will be discussed with Wang Yi and other Chinese leaders, including discussions on bilateral relations, regional and worldwide issues of mutual interest". While willing to invest heavily in infrastructure projects in Pakistan, both along and without the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) it will follow a more hands-on approach in dealing with Pakistan's policies, particularly that of dealing with and using of terror groups.

"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting", said Trump.