Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday once again hit out at Pakistan without naming it, saying it was time to isolate and saction ‘this’ instigator (of terrorism). Modi was speaking at the 14th Association of South East Asian Nations Summit in Laos.
“‘One country’ in our neighborhood, whose competitive advantage rests solely in producing and exporting terrorism… The time has come to isolate and sanction ‘this’ instigator,” Prime Minister Modi said, adding that there was a need to target not only terrorists but also their entire supporting ecosystem.
“Terrorism is most serious challenge to open & pluralistic societies. Combating it requires collective effort. We need to target not only the terrorists but also their entire supporting ecosystem. Our strongest action should be reserved for those state actors who employ terrorism as an instrument of State Policy,” he said.
This, however, is not the first time Modi has targeted Pakistan in less than a week. At the G20 Summit in China, Modi had said: “We expect the international community to speak and act in unity, and to respond with urgency to fight this menace (of terrorism). Those who sponsor and support terrorism must be isolated and sanctioned, not rewarded.”
While addressing the 14th ASEAN-India summit, Modi had also noted that growing radicalism through the ideology of hatred and spread of extreme violence are the other security threats.
“Export of terror, growing radicalization and spread of extreme violence are common security threats to our societies,” he said.