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States that back terror must stop: India

Indian External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said the OIC must tell such nations to dismantle terror infrastructure.

AT Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday raised a pitch at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation meet to build pressure on the countries that support terror outfits and fund them. Swaraj said the OIC must tell such nations to dismantle terror infrastructure.

“If we want to save the humanity then we must tell the states who provides shelter and funding to the terrorists, to dismantle the infrastructure of the terrorist camps and stop providing funding and shelter to the terror organisations, based in that country,” said Swaraj in her speech as a guest of honour at the OIC foreign ministers conference.

“The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion. It cannot be,” said Swaraj quoting from holy books Quran, Guru Granth Sahib and Rig Veda, adding, “Terrorism and extremism bear different names and labels. It uses diverse causes. But in each case, it is driven by distortion of religion, and a misguided belief in its power to succeed.”

This was the first instance when an Indian external minister was invited to the OIC conference. Invitation to India saw Pakistan skipping the event with foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi saying in the joint session of National Assembly of Parliament that “India has no legal or moral ground to be present at the meeting.”

Swaraj did not mention the name of Pakistan during her address to the OIC conference while calling for a concerted action to mount pressure on the countries supporting terror outfits. But she said the reach of terror is increasing and we are seeing the terrible face of terror in.

This comes at a time when India is reaching out to the international community to isolate Pakistan after a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14 when 40 CRPF jawans were killed. Pakistan-based terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.

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