PM Modi called on the SCO summit on Friday to develop a joint strategy to combat radicalization and extremism.
The Prime Minister also voiced India’s concern regarding provincial stability and urged SCO members, which included China and Pakistan, to team up together on challenges such as connectivity and trust.
Prime Minister Modi said in his online address to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Dushanbe that the nine-member grouping must create a systematic framework to combat invading radicalization and extremism. He also advocated for the formation of a channel of moderate, tolerant, and equitable Islamic institutions in the SCO member states.
“We can now witness what is going on in Afghanistan. As SCO member nations, we all should work together to make sure that there really is no radicalization or extremism on the upsurge in the region “, PM Modi made the remarks during the SCO summit, which was hosted online in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
India Had Revoked Its Diplomatic Mission Personnel from Kabul
The United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan after a 20-year war against terror has given rise to new alliances, with Pakistan once again working in collaboration with the Taliban and China also entering the picture by involving with the new Taliban regime. India, which had begun numerous infrastructure improvements in Afghanistan while US forces guarded the mostly deserted and bumpy country, had revoked its diplomatic mission personnel from Kabul.
Pakistan-based terrorist organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) are among India’s top security threats.
PM Modi: Central Asian Countries Can Benefit From Joining With Indian Markets
“Looking back in time, we can see that Central Asia has been a stronghold of moderate and liberal cultures and principles. Sufism thrived here for centuries, spreading all through the region and around the world. They can still be found in this region’s heritage and culture, PM Modi said.
We can offer our innovators and entrepreneurs together to foster a creative essence that will lead to India becoming a stakeholder in a burgeoning technology, he said at the event.
Greatest Obstacles Are Lack of Harmony, Safety, and Trust: PM Modi
The 20th anniversary of SCO is a correct time to consider its future. “I truly think the greatest obstacles in this area are associated with a lack of harmony, safety, and trust, the major concern of these issues is surging radicalization,” Modi said in Hindi.
The prime minister warmly welcomed Iran as a newcomer of the SCO, as well as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Qatar as the latest dialogue affiliates, saying that the grouping’s rising influence was reflected in the development.
Pakistan has always used Terror As a “Weapon of State Policy”: Ajit Doval
India is also deeply concerned that Pakistan is planning terror gangs Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed to create havoc in Jammu and Kashmir on Afghan land. Ajit Doval, India’s spymaster, asserted that it is no big surprise that Pakistan has always used terror as a “weapon of state policy.”