At BRICS Summit, PM lambasts Pakistan for sheltering terrorists; presses for punitive global action against it insisting selective approach is counter-productive
Narendra Modi at the BRICS Summit in Goa. Pic/PTI
Benaulim: Dubbing Pakistan as “mothership” of global terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday pressed for “comprehensive” and “collective” action against the menace and its supporters, warning that any selective approach will be “counter-productive.”
At the BRICS Summit here attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of other member countries, Modi lambasted Pakistan without naming it, saying it not only shelters terrorists but also “nurtures a mindset” that “loudly proclaims that terrorism is justified for political gains”.
Mothership in neighbourhood
“In our own region, terrorism poses a grave threat to peace, security and development. Tragically its mothership is a country in India’s neighbourhood. Terror modules around the world are linked to this mothership.”
This country shelters not just terrorists. It nurtures a mindset. A mindset that loudly proclaims that terrorism is justified for political gains,” he added.
Underlining that “Criminality should be the only basis for punitive action against the individuals and organizations responsible for carrying out terrorist acts,” the Prime Minister said, “Terrorist funding, their weapons supply, training and political support must be systematically cut off.”
He also called for early adoption of the draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism saying doing so will be an expression of “our resolve” to fight the menace.