BRICS should lead the campaign against terrorism, says PM
In an aggressive diplomatic exercise against Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose G-20 Summit to name Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaishe-e-Mohammad (JeM) along with global terror outfits Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram and said that some countries use terrorism as a tool for achieving political goals and observed that all such outfits were united by a common ideology despite different names.
Prime Minister, while addressing the world leaders in Hamburg, Germany, said, “Their only ideology is to spread hatred and commit massacres.” He emphasised that nations are not as well networked as terrorists are.
Modi regretted that the international response to terrorism had been weak and said more cooperation is needed to fight against terrorism. US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping were among those present in the audience.
According to sources this was one of the suggestions made by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval for combating terrorism.
PM presented an 11-point agenda for fighting the global menace. He proposed exchange of lists of terrorists among G-20 nations, easing and expediting of legal processes for extradition of wanted persons and concrete steps to stop flow of funds and weapons supply to terror organizations.
The G-20 leaders’ statement reflected the “safe havens” concern to some extent. “There should be no ‘safe spaces’ for terrorist financing anywhere in the world…In order to eliminate all such `safe spaces’, we commit to intensify capacity building and technical assistance, especially in relation to terrorist financing hot spots,” it said. The statement stressed the resolve to make the international financial system “entirely hostile” to terror financing.
Modi appealed to the BRICS nations to lead the fight against the menace of terrorism. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are the members of the group.