G-20: PM Modi slams 'nations using terrorism for achieving political goals'
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BRICS Summit in Hamburg on July 7. Photograph: (ANI)
At the G-20 Leaders Retreat on Friday, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi named Pakistan-based terrorist groups and made a clear reference to Pakistan when he said some nations were "using terrorism for achieving political goals".
The Indian PM also presented an 11-point action agenda for countering terrorism.
PM Modi, the lead speaker on the theme of terrorism at the Leaders Retreat, said all terrorist groups were guided by the same ideology hatred and manslaughter be it the Daesh or al-Qaeda in the Middle East, the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed or the Haqqani network in the South Asia or the Boko Haram in Nigeria.
"Some nations are using terrorism for achieving political goals," the Indian PM said in a clear reference to Pakistan.
Regretting that the international response to terrorism has been "weak", PM Modi said the nations are less networked in dealing with the menace while the terrorists are better networked.
The Indian prime minister presented an 11-point action agenda included deterrent action against countries supporting terrorism and banning entry of leaders of such countries to G-20 nations; exchange of suspected terrorist lists among the G-20 nations; joint action against terrorists, and simplifying and expediting extradition and other legal processes.
The list also included the adoption of a comprehensive convention on international terrorism, implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and other international process, joint efforts for best practices in de-radicalisation programmes by G-20 nations and closure of terrorist financing sources through FATF (Financial Action Task Force).
The Indian PM also called for creating an Explosive Action Task Force on the lines of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in order to crackdown on the sources of supply of arms and ammunitions to terror outfits.
The FATF is an international inter-governmental organisation that is responsible for formulating global policies for countering money laundering and terrorist financing
Other points in PM Modi's counter-terrorism list included cooperation in cyber-security and establishing a mechanism for National Security Advisors on counter-terrorism in G-20 nations.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister attended an informal gathering of BRICS leaders in Hamburg where he conversed with Chinese President Xi Jinping on a range of issues. The two leaders heaped praises on each other for their contributions to BRICS.
The meeting raised eyebrows since it comes amid the stand-off over a disputed territory in the Sikkim region.