PM Modi at BRICS summit: countries guilty of supporting terrorism must be punished

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PM Modi virtually addressed 12th BRICS summit, hosted by Russia

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the world community to ensure that countries that support and assist terrorists are held accountable for their actions. Speaking at a BRICS summit on Tuesday evening, the prime minister did not take any names, but his statement was seen as a reminder of Pakistan’s continued support for terrorist activity.

“Terrorism is the biggest problem facing the world. We must make sure that the countries which support and assist terrorists are also found guilty,” the prime minister said at the virtual meeting (due to the pandemic of Covid) of the five member countries. .

This is the second time in less than a month that Prime Minister Modi has called for concerted global action against terrorism. Last month he referred to the terrorist attack in Pulwama – in which 40 Indian soldiers died for their country – and said “no one can benefit from terrorism and violence”,

Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who hosted the summit, said: “… (there is) always a black sheep in the family … some people try to impose their own agenda “.

Last month, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) put Pakistan on a “gray list” of countries that had not acted against terrorist organizations or those acting as fronts of terrorist agencies.

The country fell short of six of the 27 points it had to complete to earn a reprieve and “needs to do more,” the global terrorist financing watchdog said, sources said.

India has maintained that Pakistan is expanding its regular support for terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, and has repeatedly urged the FATF to take action against Islamabad.

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Last week, the government rejected a list of terrorists – published by a Pakistani federal agency – implicated in the 11/26 attacks in Mumbai. The list “blatantly omits” the mastermind and the main conspirators, the foreign ministry said.

Prime Minister Modi’s call to action on Tuesday follows a subtle warning to Pakistan (and China, amid a protracted and tense border standoff in Ladakh) made last week during his interaction annual Diwali with the soldiers. He advised against taking advantage of India’s tolerance and said his soldiers would give a “jawab prachand (fierce response) “if the borders were threatened.

In his speech on Tuesday, the Prime Minister also spoke of the need to reform the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in light of contemporary challenges.

The UNSC is the highest decision-making forum of the United Nations and the only one able to take legally binding decisions such as the imposition of sanctions. India, which has already served seven terms as a non-permanent member and will start an eighth next year, has long advocated for a permanent seat.

In September, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister asked: “How long do we have to wait? Until when will India be held to the gap in the UN decision-making process? “

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