1. With eye on Pakistan, VP Hamid Ansari says ‘Isolate states sponsoring terrorism’

With eye on Pakistan, VP Hamid Ansari says ‘Isolate states sponsoring terrorism’

Vice President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday while addressing a gathering in New Delhi said that "States sponsoring terrorism must be isolated by an international community and forced to abandon the use of terrorism as a tool of state policy."

By: | Published: March 14, 2017 9:47 PM
Vice President Hamid Ansari while addressing a gathering in New Delhi said that “States sponsoring terrorism must be isolated by an international community and forced to abandon the use of terrorism as a tool of state policy.” (ANI)

Vice President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday while addressing a gathering in New Delhi said that “States sponsoring terrorism must be isolated by an international community and forced to abandon the use of terrorism as a tool of state policy.” Ansari was in the capital to inaugurate the third Counter Terrorism Conference organized by the India Foundation. Dignitaries like Nepal Deputy Prime Minister Bimlendra Nidhi, Haryana Chief Manohar Lal Khattar, Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar, Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu and others were present on the occasion.

The VP also added that terrorism has been the foremost cause of deprivation and suffering of hundreds of people and that in the recent years, nothing has caused greater pain, disruption, and inconvenience to societies, governments, and individuals than the phenomenon of terrorism. Ansari said, “The so-called war on terror has bred its own brand of deprivation and suffering with hundreds of people being killed or injured, even if they were not related to terrorist activities.”

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He also said that Pakistan’s use of terror groups as part of foreign policy is well documented. He further added that the Pakistan military has reared ‘good’ terrorists for cross-border missions while battling ‘bad’ ones that fail to toe its line. Ansari further said that the efficacy of terror tactic have been boosted with modern weapons and easy access to lethal devices and he also held globalization and information technology responsible for the same. The Vice President said that the removal of existing, often moderate, regimes and the subsequent breakdown of governance resulted in extremist groups capturing the political initiative, exploiting the resentment and anger of the local populations and carrying out terrorist acts with impunity.

He concluded his speech by saying, “We need a flexible frame-work of security that respects the diversity of security perspectives and developmental choices of member states and is based on a clear renunciation by all parties of the threat or use of force against any other state, aimed at promotion of connectivity in accordance with international law to promote and protect the well-being of all peoples who inhabit the Indian Ocean region.”

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