Bishkek, Jun 14 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday sought to isolate and shame Pakistan in the presence of his counterpart from the western neighbour Imran Khan and categorically said that countries shielding terrorists, encouraging terrorism and providing safe havens and funds must be held accountable.
In his address at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit, Prime Minister did not take names but said to fight the terror menace, "every pro-humanitarian forces and all countries will have to come out of their restricted space and will have to fight terror together"."Those who support terror and provide funds should be held accountable. In order to eradicate terrorism, the SCO members should cooperate with each other. India would like to urge for a global conference to discuss ways to fight terrorism," Mr Modi said.
Referring to his visit to Colombo on June 9 wherein he had visited a spot of recent terror attack, Prime Minister said, "Last Sunday during my visit to Sri Lanka I went to St Antony's Church (in Colombo) and I was reminded of the fatal and cruel face of terrorism that is making its appearance felt everywhere in the world and killing the innocent people".Speaking in presence of Heads of Governments of member nations of SCO including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping besides Imran Khan, Prime Minister Modi gave a clarion call to work in a unity of purpose.
He also gave a new definition and a roadmap under the acronym HEALTH - and said there should be work to ensure "Health care cooperation, Economic cooperation, cooperation in Alternate energy, Literature and Culture and a Terrorism Free Society".
He said there should be efforts to check the spread of radicalisation amongst the youths in the region."Literature and culture provide our societies a positive activity, specially they stop the spread of radicalisation among the youths in our society," Modi said.Mr Modi arrived in the Kyrgyz capital on Thursday for the two-day SCO summit and during his stay here held bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Mr Putin.
The SCO is a China-led 8-member economic and security bloc with India and Pakistan being admitted to the grouping in 2017 Prime Minister called on the SCO member states to cooperate under the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) against terrorism.Seeking a global role for himself vis-a-vis terror menace, Prime Minister Modi during his meeting to the Maldives on June 8 had first given a call for a global conference to discuss on issues and matters concerning terror and state sponsorship to terror menace.
In what was as government of India's deliberate and determined move not to take any 'favour' from its western neighbour, it was decided that Prime Minister will not fly over Pakistan on way to Bishkek for the SCO Summit.
"A decision has been taken that the VVIP aircraft (of Modi) will fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar has said here in reply to a question on Wednesday.
Mr Kumar said - the Government of India had 'explored' two options for the route to be taken by the VVIP aircraft to Bishkek and hence a decision has been taken.Ties between the two nations had nosedived after the Pulwama fidayeen attack on February 14 which had left 40 central security personnel dead.On February 26, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out an unprecedented counter-terror operation, hitting the JeM training camp in Balakot in Pakistan. (UNI)