NSA Doval: We need to attack terror vitals

RSTV Bureau
President Pranab Mukherjee with Chief Executive Officer with Head of the Council of the Ministers of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh Photo-PTI

President Pranab Mukherjee with Chief Executive Officer with Head of the Council of the Ministers of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh
Photo-PTI

In his first major public interaction after the Pathankot terror attack, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said “we need to attack terror vitals. The fight is still limited to periphery.”

Speaking at the International Conference on Counter-Terrorism in Jaipur, the National Security Advisor also said that any state outsourcing its political objectives to non-state actors is the most counter-productive method for global peace.

Referring to recent terror attacks in India, he said that fight against terror remains limited to the periphery and symptoms of it.

“We have gone to the periphery, the symptoms but not the vitals of terrorism. The vitals are the states that have given support to terror. There must be adequate deterrence for them.” said Doval.

On February 2, President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the conference along with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasudhara Raje.

In his inaugural address, the President asked the world to proscribe nations that support or sponsor terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

“The predominant focus has to be on the political management of terrorism. This includes addressing issues of ideology and dealing with countries that sponsor or support terrorism,” said the President.

Asserting that there is no good or bad terrorism, Mukherjee termed it as a “cancer which must be operated out with a firm scalpel” and world, in one voice, reject all its manifestations, without distinction.

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who also attended the meet said ‘nations generally agree that terrorism threatens the security of the whole humanity, each state is developing its own home grown capabilities to tackle the direct threat it faces within its milieu.’

Looking at how India, China, Pakistan, Iran, and others have defined terrorism, one can see that there is not much difference in their individual definitions of the threat, Abdullah added.

“In simple terms, why can’t we regionalise our national counter-terrorism action plans,” he asked.

The two-day conference will conclude today with the valedictory address by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Conference is organised by Government of Rajasthan in association with ‘India Foundation’.

(With inputs from PTI)