It is a mega diplomatic win for India. At the ninth summit of the grouping being held in China, Pakistan-based terror groups including the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad have been named in the BRICS declaration for the first time.

Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, the summit declaration of BRICS countries asserted that those responsible for committing, organising or supporting acts of terror must be held accountable.

In yet another feather in Prime Minister Modi’s cap, BRICS leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese Premier Xi Jingping, Brazilian President Michael Temer and South African President Jacob Zuma condemned terror in no uncertain terms and collectively vowed to fight the scourge of terrorism.

Expressing concern over the security situation in the region, BRICS leaders reiterated that there can be no justification for any act of terror and mentioned in black and white how violence inflicted by the Taliban, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan is destabilising the peace.

With Xi signing on the dotted line to veto India’s stand on Pakistan sponsored terrorism, all eyes are now on the much talked about bilateral scheduled for tomorrow. Will that then pave the way for China’s change of stance at the United Nations?