Modi brands Pak­istan ‘ter­ror­ism moth­er­ship’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IN­DIAN Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi urged BRICS lead­ers to take a strong united stand against the “moth­er­ship of ter­ror­ism” in the South Asian re­gion, in a thinly veiled ref­er­ence to Pak­istan.

Mr Modi said a coun­try in In­dia’s neigh­bour­hood had links to “ter­ror mod­ules” around the world, which the emerg­ing na­tions club of Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa (BRICS) should strongly con­demn.

“In our re­gion, ter­ror­ism poses a grave threat to peace, se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment,” Mr Modi told lead­ers at the BRICS sum­mit in the tourist state of Goa on Oc­to­ber 16.

“Trag­i­cally the moth­er­ship of ter­ror­ism is a coun­try in In­dia’s neigh­bour­hood,” Mr Modi said with­out nam­ing Pak­istan.

“Ter­ror mod­ules around the world are linked to this moth­er­ship. This coun­try shel­ters not just ter­ror­ists. It nur­tures a mind­set. A mind­set that loudly pro­claims that ter­ror­ism is jus­ti­fied for po­lit­i­cal gains and ex­trem­ist be­liefs.

“It is a mind­set we strongly con­demn, and against which we as BRICS need to stand and act to­gether. BRICS must speak in one voice against this threat,” he said.

The Hindu na­tion­al­ist leader has been mov­ing to iso­late In­dia’s archri­val and fel­low nu­clear power fol­low­ing a raid last month on an In­dian army base in Kash­mir that killed 19 sol­diers.

New Delhi blamed Pak­istan-based mil­i­tants for the at­tack, which trig­gered calls at home for an ag­gres­sive re­sponse.

In­dia said its troops later hit mil­i­tants across the bor­der in Pak­istan, spark­ing fury from Islamabad which de­nied that strikes had taken place.

In their joint state­ment, the BRICS lead­ers con­demned re­cent at­tacks against some of its mem­bers “in­clud­ing that in In­dia” but made no men­tion of Pak­istan.

China en­joys strong re­la­tions with Pak­istan where it is pur­su­ing a se­ries of in­fra­struc­ture projects, while Rus­sia is push­ing to forge closer de­fence ties with Islamabad.

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