PM Narendra Modi’s proposal to G20 nations: Bar officials from countries that support terrorists

While Narendra Modi was taking aim at Pakistan, in the presence of its all-weather friend China, sources said this is one of the new suggestions drafted by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to combat terrorism.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | Hamburg | Updated: July 8, 2017 1:16 pm
pm narendra modi, modi pakistan, modi at g20 summit, modi terrorism PM Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, NSA Ajit Doval in Hamburg. (Source: PTI Photo)

Equating Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad with the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday made a radical suggestion — that government functionaries from countries that support terrorists be barred from entering G20 countries.

While Modi was taking aim at Pakistan, in the presence of its all-weather friend China, sources said this is one of the new suggestions drafted by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to combat terrorism.

The 21-paragraph joint statement issued by G20 leaders on Friday, in its very first paragraph, said that “terrorist safe havens” must be eliminated in every part of the world.

“We, the leaders of the G20, strongly condemn all terrorist attacks worldwide and stand united and firm in the fight against terrorism and its financing. These atrocious acts have strengthened our resolve to cooperate to enhance our security and protect our citizens. Terrorism is a global scourge that must be fought and terrorist safe havens eliminated in every part of the world,” the statement said.

This 11-point plan was proposed by Modi as the lead speaker at the G20 leaders’ session on “fighting terrorism”, organised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Seated between Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and French President Emmanuel Macron, Modi named LeT, JeM and Haqqani network as terrorist groups affecting South Asia, and said that “some countries use terrorists for achieving their political objectives” — an apparent reference to Pakistan.

“There are various forms of terrorism. Different names but same ideology. Daesh and Al-Qaeda in the Middle East; LeT, JeM and Haqqani network in South Asia; Boko Haram in Nigeria, but their basic ideology is the same. Naam anek soch ek (Many names but the same thought and ideology). The basis of their ideology is hatred and killing of people,” he told G20 leaders.

The Indian PM also suggested that national lists of suspected terrorists be exchanged between G20 countries and joint action be taken against such terrorists and their supporters. He also proposed that for effective cooperation, legal processes like extradition be simplified and expedited.

He also called for deradicalisation programmes and exchange of best practices within G20 nations. Pitching for early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, he asked for setting up of a mechanism between National Security Advisors of G20 countries. Modi said that terrorists are using cyberspace to radicalise and recruit youth. “Terrorists are better networked than countries… the scope of our actions are mainly national. The international cooperation is weak,” he said.

Modi used two occasions available to him to stress on terrorism — once at the BRICS meeting, and again at the leaders’ session on “fighting terrorism”.

At the BRICS informal meet, Modi said that BRICS has been a strong voice and needs to show leadership on terrorism and global economy. “G20 should collectively oppose terrorism financing, franchises, safe havens, support and sponsors,” Modi said.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and other mechanisms to choke sources of funds to terrorists should be strengthened, he said. On the pattern of FATF, an Explosives Action Task Force should be constituted “so that the sources of deadly arms reaching the terrorists can be ended”, he said.

Modi also pitched for concrete cooperation among G20 countries with a focus on cyber security. The joint statement said the leaders reaffirm that all measures on countering terrorism need to be implemented in accordance with the UN Charter and all obligations under international law, including international human rights law.

“We call for the implementation of existing international commitments on countering terrorism, including the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and compliance with relevant resolutions and targeted sanctions by the UN Security Council relating to terrorism. We commit to continue to support UN efforts to prevent and counter terrorism,” the joint statement said.

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    Avinash waghmare
    Jul 9, 2017 at 6:25 am
    Indian express is best news to daily every student to complete his studies.. Thank you
    1. M
      Jul 9, 2017 at 1:00 am
      the problem being: who is a terrorist? according to Umrika and Izrael, greatest sponsor of terror is Iran. That is friend of India against Pk (see Baloch anf Afg). Starts to get difficult. Regarding Pk, who is financing terror there? possibly Sawudis, but they claim great terror sponsor is Qatar (a good case of pot calling the kettle black). Both support terror in Irak and Siria. Then who supported Talban first and Alkaida? guess who? and so on. PM just opens can of worms and calls it diplomatic success.
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        Sankaran Krishnan
        Jul 8, 2017 at 4:10 pm
        It is a valid suggestion which not only G 20 group of countries can deny but also across the Continents if the idea is to erase Terrorism from the Earth. It seems PM Modi uses this opportunity to cleverly corner not only the Terror Nation Pakistan but also its selfish ally China which supports the Terror Nation and its acts for selfish acts are now forced to act upon if China is sincere in its attempts.
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          narayan kutty
          Jul 8, 2017 at 3:28 pm
          Modi is a great statesman.
          1. A
            Jul 8, 2017 at 2:06 pm
            Which types of terrorists Mr. Feku saffron terrorists and others terrorists ? You are enjoying our taxpayers hard earning money .
            1. R
              Jul 8, 2017 at 3:17 pm
              Who is feku, first of all you are not at all eligible for an counter comment, I am asking you , if you don't like this country or its ruling, you are free to go elsewhere with your looting gangs, it is clearly shows your desperation that you and looting gangs was stopped from looting this holy land
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              Gopal Sriniwasan
              Jul 8, 2017 at 12:58 pm
              The Proposal put forward by PM Mody is good.As a leading member of G-20, PM Mody should take the initiative to unilaterally bar all Pakistani Officials from Visiting India and declare Pakistan as a state sponsor of terror. If PM Mody's intent is genuine, I am sure other's G-20 Members will follow as the World knows the Epicentre of Global Terrorism and all its CEO's are operating from Pakistan
              1. P
                Jul 8, 2017 at 12:50 pm
                Kuch nahi Another jhumla...if so, u practice what you preach...Shutdown Pakistani Embassy, recall India officials from Pakistan to begin with...but aisa nahi hone wala..Modiji aisi lines videsho me sirf taaliyo k liye maarte hai
                1. A
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm
                  Proposal is good ! that means world community should bar officials and police of BJP state govts in north india who support terrorism of gau rakshaks who kills innocent human beings in the name of beef god?
                  1. S
                    Jul 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm
                    Yes, and also should bar all the policemen and chief minister of west bengal for supporting the terrorising acts of few anti-social elements in Basirhat now, Khagragarh earlier.
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