Underlining that “most terror attacks on India emanate from Pakistan”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said New Delhi will stand by Islamabad if it takes “decisive action” against terrorists operating from its soil.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, who spoke ahead of Singh at the Counter Terrorism Conference in Jaipur, urged the international community to “name and shame” those supporting and perpetrating acts of terror.
“Tolerance of terrorism must be frankly exposed. Naming and shaming of perpetrators, supporters of terrorism must be carried out relentlessly,” he said.
Jaishankar said India was in regular touch with Pakistan on the progress of the investigation into the Pathankot airbase attack. He said India had provided Pakistan with evidence related to the attack and there was regular contact between the Foreign Secretaries and National Security Advisors.
Later in the day, Rajnath Singh told the conference that while the world acknowledged the threat of terrorism, it had not been able to form consensus on a single definition of terrorism and that “certain states use it as an instrument of their foreign policy”.
“Most terror attacks on India emanate from Pakistan and it has to show some sincerity and take concrete steps to rein in terror groups operating against India from its soil,” he said.
“Government of India will stand by Pakistan if it takes decisive action against terrorists and their organisations… It will not only improve bilateral ties of the two countries but also bring peace and stability in the South Asian region,” he said.
The 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot terror attacks, he said, signified a tectonic shift for the country. On Pathankot, Singh said India had “advance intelligence input” which helped “our security agencies in neutralising the possible impact of this terror attack”.
“After the Pathankot terror attack, the government is reviewing its counter-terror strategy. We are now formulating an effective strategy which will help prevent such terror attacks in future.”
Jaishankar too said countering terrorism was an important imperative for Indian diplomacy today. He said Bangladesh had emerged as a model for counter-terror cooperation. “(But) the problem is bad guys think global (while) the good guys think local and sometimes departmental,” he said.