Countries making terrorism state policy must face economic sanctions: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah Saturday said that every country should act against organisations pushing youth towards radicalisation.

An official spokesman in a statement issued on Press Information Bureau (PIB) issued here said that delivering the concluding remarks at the closing session of the third ‘No Money For Terror’ conference (Counter-Terrorism Financing) in New Delhi, the Home Minister said, “Every country will have to identify and act against organisations pushing youth towards radicalisation and take stringent action against them.”

In his address, Shah said that during these two days of the conference, the delegates discussed emerging trends in terror financing, misuse of new emerging financial technologies, and international cooperation in the field of terror financing to effectively achieve the objective of ‘no money for terror’.

 

He said that it would also help to mould this discussion into strategic thinking in the days to come.

The Home Minister said that this was a unique forum for participating countries and organisations to discuss the effectiveness of the current international regime of combating the financing of terror, and to discuss solutions to emerging challenges.

 

“Terrorism, today, has taken such a formidable form, that its effects are visible at every level. Terrorism is the biggest enemy of democracy, human rights, economic progress, and world peace, which we cannot allow to succeed,” he said.

 

Shah said that no country or organisation could successfully combat terrorism alone.

 

“The international community must continue to fight shoulder-to-shoulder against this increasingly complex and borderless threat,” he said.

He said that with India’s policy of zero-tolerance against terrorism, a strong framework of counter-terror laws, and empowerment of agencies, India had seen a significant reduction in incidences of terrorism and succeeded in ensuring strict punishment in the cases of terrorism.

 

Shah said that forensic science was being promoted with the aim of equipping the investigation with science and technology and, in this direction, with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the world’s first National Forensic Science University had been established.

 

He said that the Government of India had also decided to develop national and global databases on crimes like terrorism, narcotics, and economic offenses.

The Home Minister said that to combat cybercrime in a comprehensive manner, the Government of India had established the Indian Cybercrime Coordination Center. He reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolve that India would be the focal point of international cooperation for “counter-terrorism (CT) and combating financing of terrorism (CFT)”.

 

“We cannot think of a fear-free society, a fear-free world without an effective, long-term, concerted fight against all forms of terrorism. The citizens of our nations have entrusted a bigger responsibility of their protection to the leadership, and it is our duty to live up to this responsibility,” Shah said.

He said that over the past two decades, the United Nations Security Council had developed a framework to deal with this threat, with the main objective of creating a “counter-terrorism sanctions regime”.

 

The Home Minister said that this system established by the United Nations had successfully curbed to some extent, the actions of countries that make terrorism a state-funded enterprise, but it had to be further strengthened, made more rigorous, and transparent.

We have to fight this war against terrorism and terrorist groups, in every geographical space, in every virtual space,” Shah said. “There have been many instances when, under the guise of other motives, some organisations promote terrorism and radicalisation at the national and international levels.”

 

He said that it had also been found that these organisations tend to become the medium of financing terrorism.The Home Minister said that recently, the Government of India had banned an organisation that conspired to radicalise the youth and push them towards terrorism and that every country should identify and take stringent action against such organisations.

 

He said that some countries, their governments and their agencies had made terrorism their state policy.

Shah said that in these terror havens, it was necessary to shackle their unrestrained activities along with a strict economic crackdown and all the countries of the world would have to make up their minds on this, rising above their geo-political interests.

 

“We observe that some countries repeatedly support terrorists and those who harbour terrorism, but, terrorism has no international boundaries, so all countries should think beyond politics and cooperate with each other,” he said. “At the same time, all countries will have to agree on one common definition of ‘terrorism’ and ‘terror financing’, because it is an issue of the protection of our citizens, and their human and democratic rights, it should not become a political issue.”