While blaming Pakistan for most of the terror attacks in the country, India has pointed out that it would stand by the neighbour if it takes action against terrorists operating from there. This message to Pakistan was conveyed by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Singh said if Pakistan takes concrete action against terrorists on its territory it will not only improve bilateral relations but also bring peace and stability in the South Asian region.
“The government of India will stand by Pakistan if it takes decisive action against terrorists and their organisations,” he said addressing the second edition of counter-terrorism conference organised by the India Foundation in collaboration with the government of Rajasthan. The Home Minister said for India, Mumbai (26/11) and Pathankot terror attacks have signified a “tectonic shift”.
The Mumbai terror attack in 2008 brought terror across the seas to country’s economic capital, causing a large number of casualties among the innocent civilian population. “Likewise, in the recent attack on Pathankot air base, there was a conscious effort to target sensitive assets of the country and also cause large-scale casualties, thus taking the dynamics of terror attack in India a notch higher,” he said.
Singh said the challenge of terrorism gets compounded when certain states use it as an instrument of their foreign policy. “They make perverse distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terrorists. When the states begin covertly raising and indoctrinating bands of youth and equipping them with lethal weapons and weapon systems of mass destruction to promote their geo-political agenda, the magnitude of threat amplifies many times. It makes the task of defeating terrorism much more difficult,” he said.
The Home Minister said so long as some countries continue using terrorists as instruments to promote their geo-political agenda, the fight against terrorism will lack due resolve. “The world must accept the reality without any loss of time that there is no ‘good’ terrorist,” he said.