NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a veiled dig at Pakistan during the virtual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (
) summit, saying that the bloc should call out countries supporting cross-border terrorism as part of state policy.
With Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin listening,
said there is a need for decisive action to deal with terrorism and terror financing.
Terrorism poses a threat to regional and global peace, PM Modi said as he called for expanding mutual cooperation to deal with the menace by the grouping.
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“We have to fight together against terrorism that may be in any form and any manifestation,” he said, asserting that there must not be any double standards in fighting terrorism.
Though he did not direcly name Pakistan, it was clear that the Prime Minister was referring to the neighbouring country.
India has regularly lashed out at Pakistan for providing safe haven to terror groups and promoting cross border terrorism.
During his address, PM Modi also warned of global challenges to food, fuel and fertilizer supplies.
On the situation in Afghanistan, he said India’s concerns and expectations regarding that country are similar to those of most SCO countries.
The virtual summit under India’s presidency was attended by leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Iran as well.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a security grouping founded by Russia and China to counter Western alliances from East Asia to the Indian Ocean.
The group includes the four Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, all former Soviet republics in which Russian influence runs deep. Pakistan became a member in 2017, and Iran, which is set to join on Tuesday. Belarus is also in line for membership.
(With inputs from agencies)