Notion of ‘his’ terrorist is not ‘my’ terrorist should be dropped: PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 01 April 2016, 08:01 AM

Voicing his concern against the terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the notion of marking terrorist with their associations is wrong.

“Drop the notion that ‘his’ terrorist is not ‘my’ terrorist’, PM Modi said while addressing the two-day Nuclear Security Summit in the US.

“Terrorism is globally networked. But, we still act only nationally to counter this threat,” PM said while speaking at a US State dinner in the two-day Nuclear Security Summit in the US.

“Nuclear security must remain an abiding national priority. All States must completely abide by their international obligations,” he said adding, “Brussels shows us how real and immediate is the threat to nuclear security from terrorism.”

Addressing the summit that marked the presence of leaders from more that 50 countries, PM Modi said, “Terror has evolved. Terrorists are using 21st century technology. But our responses are rooted in the past.”

Modi was seated next to Obama during the White House dinner which was attended by heads of States of more than 20 countries here in the US capital for the fourth edition of the Nuclear Security Summit.

Praising the US President for his initiative on nuclear security, Modi said Obama’s legacy must endure. “By putting spotlight on nuclear security, Obama has done great service to global security,” Modi said.

Dwelling at length on the threat posed by terrorism to the world, the Prime Minister said the Brussels attacks shows how real and immediate the threat is to nuclear security from terrorism.

Outlining three contemporary features of terror that the world should focus on, Modi said today’s terrorism uses extreme violence as theatre.

“Second, we are no longer looking for a man in a cave, but we are hunting for a terrorist in a city with a computer or a smart phone. Third, state actors working with nuclear traffickers and terrorists present the greatest risk,” he said.

Noting that terror has evolved, Modi said terrorists are using 21st century technology. “But our responses are rooted in the past,” he said.

The reach and supply chains of terrorism are global, but genuine cooperation between nation states is not, Modi said.“Drop the notion that terrorism is someone else’s problem and that ‘his’ terrorist is not ‘my’ terrorist.

“Terrorism is globally networked. But, we still act only nationally to counter this threat,” the PM told the international community.

First Published: Friday, April 01, 2016 07:55 AM
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