Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today met his Russian counterpart Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu and hit out at Pakistan without naming it, saying there is no such thing as good terrorism and bad terrorism. Terrorists are being provided safe havens.
Jaitley spoke about how young minds are being manipulated, and the damage social media is causing to societies, and how cooperation between major powers can help deter terrorism.
HERE IS WHAT ARUN JAITLEY SAID:
- Terrorism is being reinvented in newer and even more dangerous manifestations.
- The manipulation of young minds by fundamentalist groups using new technologies and social media has already caused long-term damage to our societies. One manifestation of this is the recent string of lone-wolf attacks in many countries.
- On the positive side, the territory acquired by ISIS in the Middle East has begun to be effectively challenged by several countries. This is reassuring and should be taken to its logical conclusion.
- Cooperation between major powers in this effort can become a template for similar steps elsewhere. However, even as we work to eliminate the breeding grounds of terrorism in West Asia, the dangers of such elements returning to their home countries has become a major challenge.
- We need to encourage closer information exchanges and intelligence cooperation to address this threat.
- We should also resolutely resist opportunistic efforts by some states to support terrorist proxies by training, funding or providing safe havens to such groups for their limited objectives.
- Distinctions are still sought to be made between good and bad terrorists, despite all the evidence and experience to the contrary. Terrorism will recoil on those who nurture it.
- The global nature of this menace and the need for a coherent and sustained international response to it is now widely acknowledged.
- Nearly all countries present at this conference are taking proactive steps to counter international terrorism. India will steadfastly partner all friendly countries confronted with the challenge of terrorism.
- We have successfully addressed this threat for over three decades. We will continue to strengthen ongoing cooperation in counter-terrorism with our partners.