Terror tops India’s agenda in Beijing summit

first_imgIndia on Tuesday called on the China and Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation security grouping to show “zero tolerance towards terrorism” and for closer coordination on cross-border terror, taking aim at Pakistan which is along with India set to join the six-country body.Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd) VK Singh took a strong stand on terror at the SCO heads of government meeting which opened in Zhengzhou in China’s central Henan province on Tuesday.Among those attending were five premiers of the six SCO members, including China’s Li Keqiang and Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev, as well as Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.Referring to the “rising tide of cross border terrorism and extremism”, Singh called for closer coordination among the SCO members – currently China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – for transnational cooperation on terror.Singh also called for the group to ensure “a stable and peaceful Afghanistan free of external interference”. While he didn’t name Pakistan as a source of interference, his statement comes amid concern in New Delhi and Kabul about the influence of Pakistanlinked groups in recent violence.”Political convenience can no longer provide an alibi for backing terrorist groups ideologically, financially or through material support. Today the world has realized that there are no good terrorists,” he said.At the July SCO Summit – the grouping’s most important annual meeting, which was attended by Presidents of the member countries and also by Prime Minister Narendra Modi – the group agreed to expand membership to include India and Pakistan.advertisementSingh said India “looks forward to the speedy completion of India’s membership so that we can involve ourselves fully in SCO’s programmes.Also read:Pakistan part of Saudi Arabia’s 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorismTalks with Pakistan beginning with trust: Sushma Swarajlast_img read more