Terming Pakistan as the “mother-ship of Terror”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a frontal attack on Pakistan.
In the presence of heads of BRICS nations especially Russia and China Modi brought fight against terror as an important element for the BRICS Goa Declaration. The biggest victory India managed at the BRICS Goa summit was on building consensus to fight terror.
At the summit Modi speaking to the heads of other countries launched an all out offensive on Pakistan. He said, “The most serious direct threat to our co-prosperity is terrorism; tragically, its mother-ship is a country in India's neighborhood.
Terror modules around world are linked to this mother-ship. This country shelters not just terrorists it nurtures a mindset. A mindset that loudly proclaims that terrorism is justified for political gains. It's a mindset that we strongly condemn.”
The all out attack on the neighbouring country with whom relationships have of late hit a new low was the main thrust of the opening statement by the Indian Prime Minister putting China in a spot in view of Beijing’s growing proximity with Pakistan.
Taking his opinion building exercise on counter terrorism further, Modi outlined the need for BRICS countries to adopt Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT). The CCIT was an idea mooted in 1996 by India which calls upon the United Nations to convince international community to choke funding of terror outfits across the globe.
Vladimir Putin’s statement “India and Russia need to combat terror together came as a shot in the arm for Modi. The MEA spokesperson briefing after the India China Bilateral meet highlighted terror and dispelled any ambiguity with reference to discussion on terror and the role of Pakistan as a hub of terror.
Vikas Swarup said, “Both sides recognised terrorism as a key issue, President Xi said we should strengthen our security dialogue and partnership. Modi said that both India and China had been victims of terrorism which was a scourge afflicting the entire region.
While China’s reactions were muted, though despite growing investments in Pakistan China shares concerns over terror hubs active in Pakistan.