In the backdrop of deadly terror attack in France, Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again pressed for the strong need to delink terror from religion. Speaking at the G20 summit in Antalya, the Prime Minister emphasised that some countries still use terrorism as “an instrument of state policy” and sought the world leaders to act against radicalisation without any political consideration.
“The world must speak in one voice and act in unison against terrorism, without any political considerations. There should be no distinction between terrorist groups or discrimination between states,” PM Modi said adding “Old structures of terrorism remain…. There are countries that still use it as an instrument of state policy.”
He further stressed that terrorism is the main global challenge today and “from regions in conflict to the streets of distant cities, terrorism extracts a deadly price”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lent his opinion while making an intervention at G-20 Working Dinner on Sunday night on the issue of ‘Global Challenges Terrorism and Refugee Crisis’.
“We must isolate those who support and sponsor terrorism; and, stand with those who share our values of humanism. We need to restructure the international legal framework to deal with the unique challenges of terrorism,” he said.
Adding that the world is seeing a changing character of terrorism with global links, “home-grown terrorism” and use of cyber space for “recruitment and propaganda” are emerging as a big threat. While there is a new level of threat to pluralist and open societies, the territory of recruitment and the target of attacks are the same, and that is society, he added.
Earlier while addressing the BRICS meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit on Sunday, PM Modi made a case for united global efforts to combat the menace of terrorism.
“We stand united in strongly condemning the dreadful acts of terrorism in Paris… The entire humanity must stand together as one against terrorism. The need for a united global effort to combat terrorism has never been more urgent” he had said on Sunday.
Further speaking at the G20 working dinner, the Prime Minister pressed for increased international cooperation in intelligence and counter-terrorism. Making an important point on the misuse of cyber space for the terror activities, he said “We have to help each other secure our cyber space, and minimise use of the Internet and social media for terrorist activities.”
(With inputs from the PTI)