'Terrorists' Shouldn’t be Given Funds, Arms: Modi's Veiled Attack on China for Helping Ally Pakistan


New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took a veiled dig at China for supporting its 'all-weather' friend Pakistan at global platforms, saying terrorists should not be allowed to get funds and arms. He added that politicisation of mechanisms like UN listings and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) should also be avoided for the objective to be realised.

Speaking at the Leaders' Dialogue on Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Modi said the world has shown solidarity against challenges like climate change and a similar solidarity and readiness is needed against terrorism.

"The Prime Minister called for qualitative upgradation in the ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing through bilateral and regional frameworks," MEA Secretary (West) A Gitesh Sarma told media persons.

Sarma added, "The Prime Minister said that terrorists should not be allowed to get funds and arms. For this objective to be realised, we need to avoid politicisation of mechanisms like UN listings and FATF. These mechanisms need to be enforced. He (PM Modi) said a terrorist attack, anywhere in the world should be considered as terrorism, not good or bad terrorism.”

Sharing India's experiences, PM Modi said democratic values, diversity and inclusive development were the most important weapons against ideologies that promote terror, extremism and radicalism.

China has been supportive of Pakistan at international fora, with Beijing recently planning to invest $1 billion in development projects in Pakistan as the two seek to further boost bilateral ties. Pakistan and China are all-weather strategic cooperative partner and have always firmly supported each other on issues concerning each other's core interests.

China is also pushing to build up cultural "soft power" to complement the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the $60 billion infrastructure programme it has launched as part of the Asian giant's flagship "Belt and Road" project.