Selective approach to terrorism will be futile: PM Modi at BRICS Summit


A selective approach to countering terrorist individuals or organizations will be futile and counter-productive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.

Speaking at a plenary session of the BRICS Summit in Goa, Modi said the reach of terrorism was global and called for deeper engagement between the national security advisers of the five member nations – Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa.

“Terrorists funding, their weapon supply, training and political support must be systematically cut off. Selective approaches to terrorist individuals and organizations will not only be futile but also counter-productive,” Modi said.

“Our response to terrorism must, therefore, be nothing less than comprehensive … we need to act both individually and collectively.”

Modi’s remarks came just hours after he launched a scathing but unnamed attack on Pakistan, calling it the “mother-ship” of terrorismwith whom extremist modules across the world are linked.

“There must be no distinction based on artificial or self-serving grounds,” Modi added, in what was seen as a nudge to neighbouring China that remained noncommittal on countering Pakistan.

In his speech, the prime minister outlined five goals for the summit: One, focus on continuance of institution building within BRICS nations; second, transform the trade and investment linkages among the five countries; third, focus on key economic priorities; four, secure the countries against the threat of terrorism and fifth, enhance people-to-people contact.

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