Equating Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad with the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a radical suggestion, that government functionaries from countries that support terrorists be barred from entering G20 countries. 11-point plan was proposed by Modi as the lead speaker at the G20 leaders’ session on “fighting terrorism”, organised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The 21-paragraph joint statement issued by the G20 leaders, in its very first paragraph, said that “terrorist safe havens” must be eliminated in every part of the world.
“We, the leaders of the G20, strongly condemn all terrorist attacks worldwide and stand united and firm in the fight against terrorism and its financing. These atrocious acts have strengthened our resolve to cooperate to enhance our security and protect our citizens. Terrorism is a global scourge that must be fought and terrorist safe havens eliminated in every part of the world,” the statement said.
“There are various forms of terrorism. Different names but same ideology. Daesh and Al-Qaeda in the Middle East; LeT, JeM and Haqqani network in South Asia; Boko Haram in Nigeria, but their basic ideology is the same. Naam anek soch ek (Many names but the same thought and ideology). The basis of their ideology is hatred and killing of people,” Modi told G20 leaders.
Modi said that terrorists are using cyberspace to radicalise and recruit youth. “Terrorists are better networked than countries… the scope of our actions are mainly national. The international cooperation is weak,” he said.
“G20 should collectively oppose terrorism financing, franchises, safe havens, support and sponsors,” Modi said.
“We call for the implementation of existing international commitments on countering terrorism, including the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and compliance with relevant resolutions and targeted sanctions by the UN Security Council relating to terrorism. We commit to continue to support UN efforts to prevent and counter terrorism,” the joint statement at G20 said.