Delivering a strong message at the G20 Summit against cross border terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “one single nation” in South Asia is spreading “agents of terror.”
He also said that those who sponsor the menace must be sanctioned and isolated, and not rewarded.
The Prime Minister said India appreciates the G20’s initiative on combating the financing of terrorism and asserted that all countries should meet the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards.
“The growing forces of violence and terror pose a fundamental challenge. There are some nations that use it as an instrument of state policy. India has a policy of zero tolerance to terrorism. Because anything less than that is not enough,” the prime minister.
“For us a terrorist is a terrorist.”
Earlier, PM Modi brought up Pakistani atrocities on people of Balochistan and PoK in his Independence Day speech.
“From the ramparts of the Red Fort, I want to express my gratitude to some people — the people of Balochistan, Gilgit and Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) — for the way they whole-heartedly thanked me, the way they expressed gratitude to me, the way they conveyed their goodwill to me recently,” he had said. Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, while responding to Modi’s Independence Day speech, said the Premier was only trying to divert world attention from the “grim tragedy” that has been unfolding in Kashmir over the past five weeks.
The reference to Balochistan, which is an integral part of Pakistan, “only proves Pakistan’s contention that India, through its main intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), has been fomenting terrorism in Balochistan”, Aziz was quoted as saying by a Foreign Office statement.