G20 Summit: PM Modi Targets Pak, Equates LeT and JeM to ISIS, al-Qaeda
PM presented a 10-point action plan to combat terror
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday. (Photo: PMO Twitter)
Hamburg: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spelled out a 10-point action plan on terror at the G20 summit in Hamburg, calling it the biggest challenge the world is facing today.
Making the lead statement on the theme of terrorism at G20 leaders’ retreat, Modi said it is important to understand terrorism before adopting any measures to counter it.
In an apparent reference to Pakistan, he said that some nations are using terrorism as a state policy to achieve their political goals. He also compared Pakistan-based terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad to ISIS and al-Qaeda, saying their names may be different but ideology is the same.
With leaders like US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping listening, Modi regretted that the international response to terrorism was weak and said more cooperation was needed to fight the menace.
Among the measures proposed was sharing the list of suspected terrorists among the G20 nations and barring representing of nations that sponsor terror from entering representative nations.
In a reference to recently designated “global terrorist” Syed Salahuddin, he said stern action should be taken against “designated terrorists”. United States had declared Salahuddin a “global terrorist” hours before PM Modi met US President Donald Trump in Washington on June 26.
Here is the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s action plan to counter terrorism in full:
1. A deterrent action against countries supporting terrorism. The representatives of those countries should be barred from entering G20 nations.
2. List of suspected terrorists should be shared between G20 nations. Stern action should be taken against “designated terrorists.”
3. The legal and expedition process for extradition of terrorists should be simplified.
4. Comprehensive convention on International terrorism should be adopted.
5. United Nations Security Council resolutions and other global proceedings should be implemented effectively.
6. G20 nations should come together for combined efforts and exchange of best practices for de-radicalisation programmes.
7. Terror funding sources and other media should be blocked.
8. On the lines of FATF (Financial Action Task Force), a Weapons and Explosive Action Task Force (WEATF) should be formed so that sources of ammunition to terrorists can be blocked.
9. G20 nations should cooperate on central cybersecurity to monitor activities of terrorists.
10. A mechanism on National Security Advisors on counter terrorism should be formed by G20 member nations.
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