Prime Minister Narendra Modi kept up his attack on the sponsors of terrorism on the second and last day of the G20 Summit in China’s Hangzhou. Without taking names, he categorically said terrorism was being spread by a single South Asian country.
“Growing forces of violence and terror pose a fundamental challenge. There are some nations that use it as an instrument of state policy,” said PM Modi in the final session of the G20 Summit.
“Indeed, one single nation in South Asia is spreading these agents of terror in the countries of our region,” he said, leaving little to imagination over which country he was referring to.
“India has a policy of zero tolerance to terrorism. Because anything less than that is not enough. For us, a terrorist is a terrorist,” he added.
PM Modi also urged the international community to speak and act in unity and urgency to fight terrorism. “Those who sponsor and support terrorism must be isolated and sanctioned, not rewarded,” he said.
The PM’s attack is the second time in as many days he has characterized Pakistan as a fountainhead of terrorism in the region, without actually naming the neighbour.
The statements also form part of a larger effort on India’s part to press the global community to move towards adopting a clear stand on terrorism. The lack of a globally-accepted legal definition of terrorism has often been faulted for double standards and inefficacy in dealing with terrorism and terror organizations and networks.