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BIMSTEC nations vow to combat global terror threat, India points to 'mother ship' Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Goa for the BRICS summit. Photograph: (AFP)

Agencies Goa, India Oct 16, 2016, 07.14 AM (IST)

Speaking at the BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that geographical barriers and borders no longer limit the threat that terrorism, radicalisation and transnational crimes present to our societies. 

Modi said all nations in South Asia and BIMSTEC, the seven-member bloc consisting of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal, barring one are motivated to pursue a path of peace and development. 

In the indirect attack on Pakistan, Modi said, "unfortunately, this country in India's neighbourhood embraces and radiates the darkness of terrorism. Terrorism has become its favourite child and the child, in turn, has come to define the essential character and nature of its parents. The time for condemning the state-sponsored terrorism is long gone." He stressed that all member states and the world community must stand up and take bold actions against terrorism and those who nurture it.

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BIMSTEC nations supported Modi's views of the need for a joint effort to combat the global menance of terrorism. Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said peace is an important element for economic prosperity in the region. He assured the nation's committment to fight terrorism. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina too emphasised, "we all must join hands to deal with violent extremism and terrorism". 

Earlier in the day, Modi made another indirect reference to Pakistan while addressing the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) nations saying that the "terror module around the world is linked to this mothership (Pakistan)", Indian news agency PTI reported. 

Stressing that BRICS nations must speak in one voice against this threat, Modi said that the "direct threat to our economy is terror".  "This country (Pak) shelters not just terrorists but nurtures mindset which proclaims that terror is justified for political gains.  It is a mindset that we strongly condemn and against which we as BRICS need to stand and act together,"  he was quoted as saying by PTI. 

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Modi urged security and counter-terrorism cooperation among BRICS nations, saying we need "a comprehensive approach to tackling terror" and "safeguard the lives of our citizens". Cautioning against a selective approach to terrorists, individuals and organisations, Modi warned that the terror network around the world has "only grown more lethal" and such a such a strategy "will not only be futile but also counter-productive". The Prime Minister underscored the need for close coordination on tracking sources of terror financing, their weapons supply, training and political support and systematically cutting off the ties. 

Indian news agency ANI also reported about the developments of the restricted meeting of the leaders in western Indian state of Goa in a series of tweets. 

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Putting the global economy back on track was another focus point of the deliberations, PM Modi said, "I think through a common vision and collective action we will create and sustain deeper bonds among BRICS nations." Exhorting the BRICS Business Council to work with member countries for strengthening mutual trade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it will help to generate greater business awareness, promote innovation and remove bottlenecks to intra-BRICS commerce. At the end of the summit, the leaders adopted the Goa declaration that lays a comprehensive vision for cooperation within BRICS and on several international issues.

(WION with inputs from agencies) 

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