Are winds of change finally blowing in South Asia? In a significant first, China has at long last acknowledged the role of Pakistan based terror groups in fomenting terror in the region.

On Monday, the BRICS nations for the very first time named Pakistan based terror groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Haqqani network in a strongly worded statement condemning terror. This comes as a huge diplomatic victory for India which has at every international forum in the last one year emphasized on the need for the international community to recognize condemn and address the terror emanating from Pakistan soil.

Just last year at the BRICS summit, PM Modi had described Pakistan as the mothership of terrorism. But why is this so big? Because China is Pakistan’s all weather friend that had thus far steadfastly defended Pakistan even calling it a victim of terror. Unsurprisingly and along completely predictable lines Pakistan today rejected the BRICS’ statement claiming no terror outfit has a safe haven in Pakistan and that it is doing all it can to go after these organizations.

An obviously false claim and an outright lie that nobody buys. But the bigger question is – Does the change in China’s stance indicate that it may finally be willing to exert pressure on its close friend and ally Pakistan to act against these terror groups? Or is that too optimistic a view? Also considering it has blocked as many as 4 times India’s efforts to have Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council can we realistically expect China to finally play ball?