External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
Attacking Pakistan, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that terrorism will return as trouble for the people who nurture and shelter it. The foreign minister on Tuesday attacked Pakistan for cross-border terrorism and said forces like extremism, bigotry and violence “will return to their homes to harass those who nurture them”.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar took a dig at China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) during his address at the 6th meeting of foreign ministers of the Conference on Dialogue and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and said that mutual contact should ensure sovereignty and territorial integrity. The most basic principle of respect for international relations must be followed.
The remarks came in the wake of Pakistan’s role in the process of Taliban capture of Kabul on August 15. India has also opposed initiatives such as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the BRI as a significant portion of it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Terrorism ‘worst enemy’ of the goal of peace and development
Jaishankar described terrorism as the “greatest enemy” of the CICA member countries’ goal of peace and development. CICA is a multinational cooperation forum for the promotion of security and stability in Asia that was established in 1999 under the leadership of Kazakhstan.
Jaishankar said in a clear reference to Pakistan that in today’s time, we cannot justify its (terrorism) use by one country for another. “If peace and development is our common goal, then we have to crack down on the biggest enemy of terrorism,” he said. Today and in this age, we cannot tolerate this being used by one country against another. Terrorism operating from across the border is not a state art, but it is another form of terrorism.
All countries unite against terrorism
He said in his speech, ‘The international community should unite against terrorism as seriously as it unites on issues like climate change and pandemics. The assessment of the use of extremism, radicalization, violence and bigotry to advance interests is very short-sighted. Such forces (terrorists) will come back to haunt those people and cause trouble for those who nurture them.’
He said that any lack of stability in the region would undermine collective efforts to bring COVID-19 under control, and therefore, the situation in Afghanistan is a matter of grave concern.
Asia suffers from ‘lack of connectivity’
When the foreign ministers of the CICA states collectively met with Kazakh President Kasim-Jomart Tokayev, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also referred to the developments in Afghanistan and the situation there. About the meeting, he said on Twitter that he underlined the relevance of CICA in tackling challenges such as terrorism, pandemics and the safety of the common people of the world. He said that CICA can be a positive factor in shaping the global response.
During his speech at the CICA foreign ministers’ meeting, Jaishankar also said that Asia suffers from a ‘lack of connectivity’, which is essential to boost economic and social activities.
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