India calls for ‘uniform,’ ‘unified’ approach to defeat terrorism
New Delhi, Nov 18 (EFE).- India on Friday called for a global “uniform” and “unified” approach to defeat terrorism, saying reactions cannot vary based on where terror attacks take place.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged how terrorist organizations were using new technology for terror financing and recruitment.
“There is a need for a uniformed understanding for new finance technologies,” Modi said, addressing the third “No Money for Terror” Ministerial Conference on Counter-Terrorism Financing in the Indian capital.
“At times, even activities like money laundering and financial crimes have been known to help terror funding.”
He said India faced the “horrors of terror” long before the world took serious note of it.
“Over the decades, terrorism in different names and forms tried to hurt India. We lost thousands of precious lives, but we have fought terrorism bravely.”
The prime minister said India considered that even a single attack was one too many and vowed that his government “will not rest till terrorism is uprooted.”
He said that ideally there should be no need for anyone to remind the world of the dangers of terrorism but “certain mistaken notions about terrorism in some circles” compelled him to underline it.
“The intensity of the reaction to different attacks cannot vary based on where it happens. All terrorist attacks deserve equal outrage and action (…) Only a uniform, unified and zero-tolerance approach can defeat terrorism.”
He said it was all the “more important that we strike at the root of terror financing.”
In an obvious dig at Pakistan which India blames for sponsoring anti-India terror activities, Modi said some states were supporting terrorism.
“Certain countries support terrorism as part of their foreign policy. They offer political, ideological, and financial support to them,” he said without naming India’s western neighbor.
“International organizations must not think that the absence of war means peace. Proxy wars are also dangerous and violent,” he said, apparently referring to Pakistan’s alleged support of the insurgency in India-controlled Kashmir.
“There must be a cost imposed upon countries that support terrorism. Organisations and individuals that try to create sympathy for terrorists must also be isolated. There can be no ifs and buts entertained in such matters.”
He called for cooperation “not only in the physical world but also in the virtual world too.”
The prime minister said the infrastructure used for cyber terrorism and online radicalization was distributed.
“Some also offer weapons training from a remote location and online resources. Communications, travel, logistics there are many links of the chain in different countries. Each country can and must act against the part of the chain within the reach.” EFE