New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi November 19 said cost must be imposed on countries which aid terrorism as part of their foreign policy by providing political, ideological and financial support. Organisations and individuals that try to create sympathy for terrorists must also be isolated, he said addressing the third ‘No Money for Terror Ministerial Conference on Counter-Terrorism Financing’ hosted by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
“There can be no ifs and buts interfering in such matters. The world needs to be united against all kinds of overt and covert backing of terrorism,” Modi said. The Prime Minister said tactical gains against terrorists will soon be lost without a larger strategy aimed at hurting terror finances. “International organisations must not think that absence of war means peace. Proxy wars are also dangerous and violent. There must be a cost imposed on countries that support terrorism.”
He said sovereign nations have a right to their own systems but “we must not allow extremist elements to misuse differences between systems”. “Anyone who supports radicalisation should have no support in any country.”
Prime Minister Modi said one of the sources of terror funding is organised crime which must not be seen in isolation. “The gangs have deep links with terrorists. The money made in gun running, drugs and smuggling is being pumped into terrorism. Action against organised crimes is extremely important in the fight against terrorism.”
Asserting the country will not rest till terrorism is uprooted, Modi said the long-term impact of terrorism is particularly hard on the poor and local economy and all terrorist attacks deserve equal outrage and action.
Only a uniform, unified, zero-tolerance approach can defeat terrorism, Modi stressed.
The two-day conference aimed to build on two previous conferences held in Paris in April 2018 and Melbourne in November 2019, and work towards enhancing global cooperation to deny finances to terrorists and access to permissive jurisdictions to operate.
During the conference, 77 countries besides host India and 16 multi-lateral agencies like Interpol and Europol deliberated on key issues related to restricting the flow of illicit money for funding terrorism, Director General NIA Dinkar Gupta said. Four sessions ‘Global Trends in Terrorism and Terrorist Financing’, ‘Use of Formal and Informal Channels of Funds for Terrorism’, ‘Emerging Technologies and Terrorist Financing’, and ‘International Co-operation to Address Challenges in Combating Terrorist Financing took place during the conference. The sessions were chaired by senior ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are not participating in the conference, officials said. “The two-day conference on November 18 and 19 offered a unique platform for participating nations and organisations to deliberate on the effectiveness of the current international regime on counter-terrorism financing as well as steps required to address emerging challenges,” an official statement said.
The event was attended by about 450 delegates from across the world, including ministers, heads of multilateral organisations and Financial Action Task Force (FATF) heads of delegations.