Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday used the SAARC home ministers’ meet in Islamabad to highlight the rising scourge of terrorism and how no on could support terror in any way. In a strongly worded speech, aimed mostly at the host, Singh said it was necessary to stop glorification of terror acts and terrorists.
Calling for effective measures to ensure those committing terrorist acts do not escape prosecution and punishment, and are extradited or prosecuted, the Home Minister said the implementation of the SAARC Regional Convention on Suppression of Terrorism and its Additional Protocol is crucial in this aspect.
He also highlighted how India had taken the initiative to organise the second meeting of the High Level Group of Eminent Experts to Strengthen the SAARC Anti-Terrorism Mechanism on September 22-23 in New Delhi.
Here is a collection of his best quotes from the SAARC meet:
“Terrorism remains the biggest challenge and threat to our peace….Merely strong condemnation of such terrorist attacks is not enough. We must harden our resolve to eradicate this menace and also take serious steps to this end.”
“It also needs to be ensured that terrorism is not glorified and is not patronized by any state. One country’s terrorist cannot be a martyr or freedom fighter for anyone.”
“Those who provide support, encouragement, sanctuary, safe haven or any assistance to terrorism or terrorists must be isolated. Strongest possible steps need to be taken not only against terrorists and terrorist organisations but also those individuals, institutions, organisations or nations that support them. Only this will ensure that the forces engaged in promoting the heinous crime of terrorism against humanity are effectively countered.”
“The will and the mandate of international community against proscribed and wanted terrorists and their organisations must also be respected and implemented. If we are to rid ourselves of terrorism, we will have to genuinely believe that attempts to distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terrorists are misleading. No type of terrorism or support to it can be justified on any grounds whatsoever.”
“The menace of terrorism is greatly amplified by the misuse of digital technology. In our effort to tackle terrorism, we should look into all possible avenues of cyber-crime, its linkages with the terrorist world, and how these could be dealt with. Attention and efforts need to be devoted to ensure that social media and other modern technology is not misused for misleading especially the youth or promoting terrorism in any way.”