Action must be taken against states sponsoring terror: India
Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar has said fight against terrorism should not only seek to eliminate terrorists and disrupt terror networks but it must also include identifying, holding accountable and taking strong measures against states who encourage, support and finance the menace.
Addressing the meeting of Heads of Governments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the Kyrgyz capital, Minister of State for External Affairs said terrorism is the “single most significant threat” to peace and stability.
“We reiterate our strong commitment to combat this menace in all its forms and manifestations, and stress there can be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds whatsoever,” Akbar said, according to a PTI report.
The Minister of State for External Affairs also lauded the clarity shown by SCO on terrorism from its inception, with its clear markers that there are “no if and buts, no root causes that become an excuse for toxic branch operations”.
“We strongly believe that our fight against terrorism should not only seek to eliminate terrorists, and disrupt terror organisations and networks, but should also identify, hold accountable and take strong measures against states who encourage, support and finance terrorism, provide sanctuary to terrorists and terror groups, and falsely extol their virtues.” Akbar said. Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz was also in the meeting.
In what can be an apparent reference to to Pakistan’s praise for Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani, he said: “There should be no glorification of terrorists as martyrs.”
Referring to the SCO member states, Akbar said, “Each of us here have faced the grave threat posed by terrorism, transnational crimes and radicalism fed by bigotry.”
Akbar, in his address, also called upon all countries to work together to expedite the adoption of the draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) in the UN General Assembly without any further delay.
Akbar also informed the gathering that India was meeting the timeline set by the SCO and was acceding to the various documents of the SCO, on schedule, which is to be completed by April 15, 2017. Akbar asserted that India’s membership in SCO will contribute significantly to its economic dynamism.
The Minister of State for External Affairs also highlighted that India was “the world’s fastest growing free market economy, with an annual GDP growth of 7.5 per cent”.
The SCO currently has six member states — China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan — while the membership of India and Pakistan was announced this year and paperwork for formal elevation is expected to be completed by next year.