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Brics Summit: Modi calls Pakistan mothership of terror; Xi defends 

BENAULIM/MOBOR (PTI) Hosting several world leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed Pakistan as “mothership” of global terrorism and said the menace has become its “favourite child” against which decisive action should be taken as the time for condemning state-sponsored terrorism is “long gone.” Addressing the Brics and Bimstec Summits here, he said
Pakistan “embraces and radiates” the darkness of terrorism and pressed for “comprehensive” and “collective” action against the menace and its suppor ters, warning that any selective approach will be “counter-productive.” At the Brics Summit here attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of other member countries, Modi lambasted Pakistan without naming it, saying it not only shelters terrorists but also “nurtures a mindset” that “loudly proclaims that terrorism is justified for political gains.” He also appeared to be sending out a message to the Chinese President whose country has blocked designation of Pak-based terror group JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN as he said that those supporting terrorism have to be “punished, not rewarded.” Asking the BRICS nations, which also include Brazil and South Africa, to act together against the threat posed by terrorism, Modi said response to terrorism must be nothing less than comprehensive and that countries must act both “individually and collectively.” “In our own region, terrorism poses a grave threat to peace, security and development. Tragically its mothership is a country in India’s neighbourhood. Terror modules around the world are linked to this mothership. This country shelters not just terrorists. It nur tures a mindset. A mindset that loudly proclaims that terrorism is justified for political gains. “It is a mindset that we strongly condemn. And, against which we as BRICS need to stand and act together. BRICS must speak in one voice against this threat,” he said at the Summit also attended by Brazilian President Michel Temer and South African President Jacob Zuma.

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