In an oblique reference to Pakistan for “using terrorism as an instrument of state policy”, PM Narendra Modi pushed for the adoption of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism “without any delay” at the G-20 summit.
“There should be no distinction between terrorist groups or discrimination between states,” he said, alluding to Pakistan’s differential treatment to groups which profess violence and terrorism against India.
This is his strongest statement against Pakistan at the global forum of world’s top leaders — the G-20 summit — so far. Officials said the PM chose the occasion to make this point since the global leaders were discussing terrorism as an important agenda item following the Paris attacks.
Ministry of External Affairs’ spokesperson Vikas Swarup, when asked whether Pakistan was being indirectly referred to in the statement, said, “We all know which countries use terrorism as an instrument of state policy…No prizes for guessing.”
Modi, who spoke at Sunday night’s working dinner, said, “Terrorism is a principle global challenge… Old structures of terrorism remain. There are countries that still use it as an instrument of state policy… There should be no distinction between terrorist groups or discrimination between states.”
As he stressed on the need to restructure the international legal framework to deal with the unique challenges of terrorism, the PM said, “We should also adopt a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism without any delay.”
He said that the current global framework for security is defined for another era and for other security challenges.
The PM sought increased “international cooperation in intelligence and counter-terrorism”, and said that efforts to prevent supply of arms to terrorists, disrupt terrorist movements, and curb and criminalise terror financing should be strengthened.
“We need to delink terror and religion and work together to counter radicalisation,” he emphasised, as cases of religious stereotyping have emerged in several countries.