SCO: PM bashes terror-aiding nations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan exchanged pleasantries on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit,. The pleasantries were “usual” in nature and were exchanged when the two were in the Leaders' Lounge.

This is the first such interaction between the two Prime Ministers amidst the chill in the bilateral relations, triggered by the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in February.

Earlier in the day, Modi lashed out at countries “sponsoring, aiding and funding” terrorism and told top leaders at the SCO Summit that such states must be held accountable, in a veiled reference to Pakistan whose premier Imran Khan was among the audience. He also called for a global conference to combat the scourge of terrorism.

Modi highlighted the spirit and ideals of the SCO to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism. India advocates a terrorism-free society, he said. “During my visit to Sri Lanka last Sunday, I visited the St Anthony’s church, where I witnessed the ugly face of terrorism which claims the lives of innocents anywhere,” the Prime Minister said, referring to one of the sites of the devastating Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people in Sri Lanka.

To combat the menace of terrorism, countries will have to come out of their narrow purview to unite against it, Modi said in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pakistan Prime Minister Khan and Iran President Hassan Rouhani among others.

“Countries sponsoring, aiding and funding terrorism must be held accountable,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi also called on the SCO member states to cooperate under the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure against terrorism.

He also urged the SCO leaders to organise a global conference on terrorism.

It has been two years since India became a full member of the SCO.

Modi arrived in the Kyrgyz capital on Thursday for the two-day SCO summit.

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