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SCO: India to push anti-terror card strongly
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SCO: India to push anti-terror card strongly

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New Delhi, Jun 10: India on Monday declined to confirm about a possible one-to-one between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Imran Khan at the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit and asserted that it will push its 'anti- terror' card strongly at the forum in which Pakistan, too, is a full-fledged member.
Secretary West in the MEA, Gitesh Sarma, told reporters here that he would not speak about any specific country here, but in SCO as well India will do whatever is necessary to be done on terrorism issue.
He was answering a specific question whether India will continue to make efforts at the SCO to 'isolate' Pakistan on the terror front.
"....As far as terrorism is an issue and that poses threat to all countries, so we will share our views and experience and push it forward," Mr Sarma said.
Both Mr Sarma and Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar did not confirm about the possibility of any bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Modi and his Pakistani counterpart.
"Whatever we had to share (on possibility of Modi-Imran meet) we have said; to the best of my knowledge there is no meeting organised. There is nothing more that we can add at this stage," Mr Kumar told reporters here.
For his part, Mr Sarma said - "There will be bilateral meetings with China and Russia ....and there are other request also".
But, he hastened to add, the requests will be processed taking into account "limited time".
Mr Sarma, however, did not confirm whether Pakistan has formally requested for time for bilateral engagement with Prime Minister Modi.
Bilateral relations between India and Pakistan had nosedived in February after the Pulwama fidayeen attack that killed 40 central security personnel.
Indo-Pak relations also figured prominently during the 17th Lok Sabha elections in which Mr Modi's led-Bharatiya Janata Party won securing 303 seats-a record in decades.
During his first overseas visits to the Maldives and Sri Lanka after his re-election, Mr Modi called for a global conference to deal with the menace of terrorism and laid emphasis for 'focused action'.
Mr Modi has been the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the deadly Easter terror attacks in April.
After bilateral talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Mr Modi tweeted that Colombo had agreed that terrorism was a joint threat that needed collective and focused action.
On Saturday, June 8, at the Maldives capital Male, the Prime Minister in his address to People's Majlis (Parliament) had called for a global meet to fight terrorism and its sponsors.
Mr Modi also asserted that there was a need for a global meet to discuss the menace and a lot of time had been wasted in the debate regarding a good or a bad terrorist.
"I will expect the world bodies and especially the major global players that within a time frame, a global conference be convened to discuss matters pertaining to terrorism. So that we can discuss all issues and loopholes that the terrorists and their supporters make use of," Mr Modi had said.
He underlined that the global community must exhibit the same sincerity in dealing with terrorism which it has shown to deal with the challenge of climate change, .
The strong words on terrorism and the sponsors to the menace came amid reports that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written to Mr Modi seeking to reopen the dialogue process.
It is worth mentioning that India under PM Modi has taken a firm stance that no talks can be carried out with Pakistan unless Islamabad takes convincing and irreversible steps to fight terrorism and against its hideouts and groups.
The SCO was created in April 1996 and on 9th June 2017, at its summit in Astana, India and Pakistan officially joined the forum as full members.
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