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‘Single nation’ is spreading agents of terror in South Asia: Modi

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HANGZHOU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at G20 Summit in China blamed Pakistan for spreading terrorism and “agents of terror” in South Asia.

“Growing faces of violence and terror pose a fundamental challenge but there are some nations who use it as an instrument of state policy,” Modi said without naming Pakistan.

The Indian PM urged the international community to “isolate” and “sanction”, not reward those who sponsor and support terrorism.

“We expect the international community to speak and act in unity, and to respond with urgency to fight this menace,” said Modi, adding that India has “zero-tolerance” policy for terrorism because “anything less than that is not enough. For us, terrorist is a terrorist”.

The 11th summit of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies concluded in China on Monday, reaching extensive consensus on pursuing innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economic growth.

Just last week,  talking to media after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry as a part of US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had claimed that she and Kerry agreed that nations must not maintain double standards, such as the categorization of good and bad terrorists, nor must they act as sanctuaries and safe havens for terrorist organizations.

“We reaffirmed the urgent necessity for Pakistan to dismantle safe havens for terrorists and criminal networks including Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and D Company. Secretary Kerry and I also agreed on the need for Pakistan to do more to bring the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai and 2016 Pathankot terrorist attacks to justice quickly,” read the statement issued by Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

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