In the wake of Pakistan showing no serious intent in curbing terrorism, Rajya Sabha member and vice-chairman of the NDA in Kerala, Rajeev Chandrasekhar has said that India needs to do much more to make it stop.
In the wake of Pakistan showing no serious intent in curbing terrorism, Rajya Sabha member and vice-chairman of the NDA in Kerala, Rajeev Chandrasekhar has said that India needs to do much more to make it stop. To make progress on this front, he appealed to Parliament to declare it as a terror state. Explaining the rationale behind his thought, Chandrasekhar added, “As long as India does not declare Pakistan a terror state, India cannot expect the rest of the world to declare it the same.” Pakistan has been looking to clean its image over the last few days by putting under arrest, Lashkar-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed, but most of these moves have been branded as a charade and that no genuine crackdown has been instigated against him or his group.
As long as India does not declare Pak a terror state, India cannot expect the rest of the world to declare it the same: Rajeev Chandrasekhar pic.twitter.com/8k6Zbncjfp
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 3, 2017
Soon after the Uri attack, Chandrasekhar in September 2016, had submitted a private members’ bill to the Upper House in order to get Pakistan declared as a terrorist nation.
In his letter to Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari, Chandrasekhar wrote, “I hereby give notice of my intention to move for leave to introduce the enclosed private members’ bill ‘Declaration of States as Sponsor of Terrorism Bill, 2016’ in the Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament.”
Speaking to media before presenting his bill, Chandrasekhar had said that the time has come for Parliament to declare all those terrorism-sponsoring countries as terror states and boycott all economic and business ties with them.
In January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke in clear terms on the government’s policy and approach towards Pakistan stating the neighbouring nation must walk away from terror if it wants to move towards any dialogue. “Those in our neighbours who support violence, hatred and export terror stand isolated and ignored,” PM Modi said.
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Over the past one year, India-Pakistan narrative has been consistently hitting new lows with dialogue being suspended time and again and India insisting that terror and talks could not go hand in hand. Relations between India and Pakistan have worsened over the past few years. Among the issues that have been troubling India are cross-border terrorism, especially the attacks in Pathankot and Uri, and Indus Waters Treaty.