NEW DELHI: Commenting on Asia’s pivotal role in combating terrorism, defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that a strong regional push from Asia will exert more pressure on the rest of the world to adopt a cohesive framework to fight terrorism. Minister was pitching for the United Nations to adopt the comprehensive convention on international terrorism to deal with terror effectively.
Without naming Pakistan but an obvious reference to country arch-rival, Parrikar said that India has been a victim of “proxy war’ for several decades, and a successful combat against terrorism requires a holistic approach. Describing terrorism as a ‘transnational threat’, the minister said that the response to this threat is generally local and uncoordinated, largely due to conflicting definitions of terrorism and geopolitical constraints, which have stymied a global response.
Parrikar mentioned four groups--ISIS, Boko Haram, Taliban and Al-Qaeda, who were responsible for 74 per cent of all forms of terrorism. He also referred to a UN report that describing ISIS-affiliated groups carried out attacks in 29 countries in 2016 which is almost double in comparison to 2014. He said some 60 million people have been impacted by conflict and violence and a record number of countries have been experiencing a high level of terrorism which surged by six per cent in 2016 over the preceding year.
Parrikar also noted that “tackling of terror finance and countering the misuse of the internet through social media by terrorist entities are important steps in this process.”
Minister also vowed for countries to push for a decisive global action plan to dismantle terror infrastructure wherever it exists and choke its financing, terming the menace the single biggest threat to peace and security.
While addressing a conference on combating terrorism at a defence ministry’s thinktank, Parrikar said terrorism remained the "most pervasive and serious challenge" to international peace and security and a united global approach was crucial to deal with it.
"Terrorism is undoubtedly the single biggest threat to international peace and security. While the threat is transnational, the response does not appear to be coordinated even though there is a broad consensus on what constitutes an act of terror," he said.
While mentioning that India will continue to push for shutting down terror camps, imposing a ban on all terror groups, prosecuting all terrorists under a special law and making cross-border terror an extraditable offence under the CCIT.
"Twenty years later we continue to push and put our weight on this aspect, to shut down terror camps, to ban all terror groups, prosecute all terrorist under special laws and make cross-border terror an extraditable offence worldwide," he said.