Modi in­vokes 9/11, points at ‘roots of ter­ror’ in Pak

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NEW DELHI/GENEVA: In­vok­ing the 9/11 at­tack on Amer­ica this day 18 year ago, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Wed­nes­day said the roots of ter­ror­ism are be­ing nour­ished in In­dia’s neigh­bour­hood and as­serted that New Delhi is fully com­pe­tent to meet the chal­lenge.

He said the en­tire world needs to take a pledge against this ide­ol­ogy, against those who are tak­ing it for­ward and those giving shel­ter and train­ing to ter­ror­ists.

Modi said his govern­ment’s ef­fort to strengthen anti-ter­ror laws is a step for­ward in this di­rec­tion.

Re­mem­ber­ing the 9/11 at­tack, he said, Septem­ber 11 is also a spe­cial day for an­other rea­son, as it was on this day a cen­tury back when Swami Vivekanand­a de­liv­ered his his­toric

ad­dress in Chicago.

“Through that speech, the en­tire world thor­oughly un­der­stood the cul­ture and tra­di­tion of In­dia. But it is un­for­tu­nate that on that very Septem­ber 11, the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tack took place in the US, and it shook the en­tire world.”

Mean­while, UN Sec­re­tary-gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res, who has had con­tacts with the leadership in In­dia and Pak­istan, re­mains very con­cerned about any po­ten­tial es­ca­la­tion be­tween the two coun­tries over Kash­mir and appeals to both sides to deal with the is­sue through di­a­logue, his spokesper­son said.

Guter­res met Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on the side­lines of the G7 Sum­mit last month in Biar­ritz, France and has also spo­ken to Pak­istan’s For­eign Min­is­ter Shah Mahmood Qureshi, UN chief’s spokesper­son Stephane Du­jar­ric said at a daily press brief­ing here on Tues­day. Du­jar­ric was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion on whether Guter­res plans to me­di­ate be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan on Kash­mir dur­ing the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly ses­sion later this month which would be at­tended by both Modi and Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan.

You know our po­si­tion on me­di­a­tion, as a matter of prin­ci­ple, has al­ways re­mained the same, Du­jar­ric said.

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