New Delhi, March 15: The Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari on Tuesday while addressing the 3rd Counter Terrorism Conference said that in recent years nothing has caused greater pain, disruption and inconvenience to societies, governments and individuals than the phenomenon of terrorism.
The Vice President further said that security in the Indian Ocean region is capricious on account of a complex set of problems inherited from its recent past. States sponsoring terrorism must be isolated by the international community and forced to abandon the use of terrorism as a tool of state policy, he added.
Ansari emphasized upon what is needed to curb and eliminate the scourge of terrorism is for the countries in the region to unite and fight it in all its forms and manifestations. He further said that the removal of existing, often moderate, regimes and the subsequent breakdown of governance resulted in extremist groups capturing the political initiative, exploiting the resentment and anger of the local populations and carrying out terrorist acts with impunity.
The so-called war on terror has bred its own brand of deprivation and suffering with hundreds of people being killed or injured, even if they were not related to terrorist activities, he further added.
Ansari noted that the most virulent factor fuelling terrorism is state sponsorship of and collusion with terrorists and a case in point is Pakistan's use of extremist groups as an instrument of foreign policy is well documented. He further said that it is not sustainable for countries to continue to address terrorism or transnational crime from a narrow national interest perspective, nor can development be viewed as a standalone endeavor independent from security. To provide a comprehensive answer to the threats posed by transnational crime and terrorism in the Indian Ocean Region, regional security and development agendas need to be connected and coordinated, he added.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal, Bimlendra Nidhi, the Union Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhu, the Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, the Minister of State for External Affairs, M.J. Akbar and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.