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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Nepalese counterpart in Khatmandu. PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Nepalese counterpart in Khatmandu. PTI Photo

PM seeks concerted efforts to combat terrorism at SAARC Summit
Kathmandu, Nov 26 (PTI) On the sixth anniversary of 2008
Mumbai terror attacks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today
sought concerted efforts to combat terrorism and trans-
national crimes which were identified as a major challenge by
most of the SAARC leaders at the bloc's 18th Summit here.
"We feel the endless pain of lost lives. Let us work
together to fulfill the pledge we have taken to combat
terrorism and trans-national crimes," the Prime Minister said,
remembering the victims of Mumbai terror attacks that left 166
people dead and hundred of others injured.
During his nearly 30-minute speech at the Summit, Modi
echoed the views of Presidents of Afghanistan and Sri Lanka,
which described the menace of terrorism as "fundamental
challenge, both regionally and internationally."
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said neutralising
of terrorists groups in Sri Lanka in May 2009 vastly changed
the environment in the region.
"Terrorism still remains fundamental security challenge
both regionally and internationally. Sri Lanka cannot remain
complacent," he said, adding concerted efforts are required to
deal with the menace.
He said that it should be ensured that "radical views of
few and misplaced agenda of some others do not undermine the
security and well-being of large majority of peace loving
people in the region."
Refereeing to a recent suicide attack during a volleyball
match that killed over 50 people in his country, Afghanistan
President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai strongly criticised those
countries which provide safe havens to terrorists.
"Collapse or failure of states result in ungoverned
spaces that provide breeding ground for criminal enterprises
in efforts of violence to form symbiotic relationship... The
relation becomes lethal when state actors embrace and sponsor
these non-state actors provided them with resources and
sanctuaries and use them as proxies in their competition
against others," the Afghan leader said.
Underlining the need for united effort to curb terrorism,
Ahmadzai asked all the SAARC leaders to work sincerely to
eliminate the menace and assured that Afghanistan "will not
allow our territories to be used against any of our
neighbours. We will not permit anybody to conduct proxy wars
on our soil."
Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay also called for
collective efforts to curb the scourge of terrorism.
While Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did talk about
"dispute-free" South Asia where instead of fighting among
themselves, the countries should fight against poverty and
other social issues, there was no mention of terrorism in his
nearly 15-minute speech.
Modi also outlined various initiatives in key sectors of
health, science, visa regimes and connectivity for the SAARC
region as he pitched to turn South Asia of "flowering hope
into a rich field of peace and prosperity" by collective
efforts which, he said, were "more urgent than in South Asia;
and, nowhere else is it so modest." PTI