In the first formal engagement in Leaders’ Restricted Meeting of the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his anti-terrorism push at international platforms.
Modi led the conversation with the presidents of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa saying, “The growing arc of terrorism today threatens the Middle East, West Asia, Europe and South Asia. Its violent footprints put at risk the security of our citizens and undercuts our efforts aimed at economic growth.”
At the circular table he targeted Pakistan without taking the name, “In our own region, terrorism poses a grave threat to peace, security and development. Tragically, the mother-ship of terrorism is a country in India’s neighbourhood. Terror modules around the world are linked to this mother-ship.”
“This country shelters not just terrorists. It nurtures a mindset – a mindset that tat loudly proclaims that terrorism is justified for political gains,” Modi explained, as the issue with neighbour it is not just nurturing terrorists on its soil, but encouraging them.
In an oblique reference to China, Modi said, “It is the 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.”
China allies with India’s arch-rival, Pakistan, and this could be read as a statement against China’s opposition to India’s bid in UN to get Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar banned.
“We are united in our belief that terrorism its supporters have to be punished, not rewarded,” Modi concluded.
Modi has also urged the five-nations of BRICS to work towards the early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT). He also talked about increasing non-conventional nature of security challenges, from threats on cyberspace and piracy on high seas to human trafficking.
Since Uri Terror attack, the Indian government had left its ideology of strategic restraint and decided to isolate Pakistan on international levels. And for this, at every opportunity India has shot strong stingers tagging Pakistan the ‘global epicentre’ of terrorism, without saying the name. India has targeted Pakistan in the summits of the G20 in China, the ASEAN Summit in Laos, the United Nations General Assembly in New York City and the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.