Describing terrorism as the “biggest threat” to the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said it needs to be de-linked from religion as he pressed for a united global fight to ensure that no country provides sanctuary to terror. Addressing the Indian diaspora on the second day of his three-day visit to Malaysia, Modi said India draws strength from its diversity.
Talking about the growing terrorism and increasing incidents of attacks and bomb threats PM Modi said it is the “biggest threat to the world today. It knows no boundaries. It uses the name of religion to draw people to its cause but kills people of all faiths… We have to de-link religion from terror. The only distinction is between those who believe in humanity and who does not…”
He underlined the need for ensuring that Internet does not become a “recruiting ground” for terrorism, amid the growing trend of ISIS luring youth from across the globe, and spoke about the world coming together to use “military force” and “international legal systems” to fight the menace.
Pitching for a united global fight against terrorism, the Prime Minister said it should be ensured that “no country promotes terrorism, there is no sanctuary, there is funds and there is no arms.”
The reference to countries promoting terrorism comes only hours after BJP Vice President Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said “Pakistan has become a safe shelter for these terror elements which has been posing a danger to the entire world.
Asserting that India is not just united but draws strength from its diversity, PM Modi said, “It is a nation, where every citizen belongs; where everyone has equal rights that the constitution guarantees, the courts protect and the government defends.”
In his 45-minute speech at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre, he said development in India is “gathering speed now”
amid the global slowdown and the country is growing at 7.5 per cent with faster growth expected in the coming years.
Stressing on transparency in governance, PM Modi said government in India is more accountable now, it is eliminating corruption, and that it is bieng driven by policies and systems, not by discretion of individuals.
About India’s external relations, he said that “the Indian Armed Forces contribute to region’s security and stability. They assist all in humanitarian disasters, without asking their nationality.”
“I have said it earlier, I will say it again. The world must come together to combat the biggest challenge of our times….We can strengthen intelligence cooperation, we can use military force, we can make international legal systems for making cooperation stronger,” the Prime Minister said in conclusion.
(With Inputs from PTI)