Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called “resolute action” not just against forces of terrorism but also against those who support, shelter, train and finance them, saying silence and inaction will only embolden terrorists and their masters.
Saying the growing arc of terrorism is posing a gravest threat to the region, he slammed Pakistan while addressing the sixth conference of Heart of Asia in Amritsar.
“Terrorism and externally induced instability pose the gravest threat to Afghanistan’s peace, stability and prosperity. And, the growing arc of terrorist violence endangers our entire region. As such, support for voices of peace in Afghanistan alone is not enough,” Narendra Modi said.
“Silence and inaction against terrorism in Afghanistan and our region will only embolden terrorists and their masters. Third, our bilateral and regional commitments of material assistance for Afghanistan’s development and humanitarian needs must continue and increase,” he added.
Modi jointly inaugurated the annual ministerial conference with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. Pakistan Prime Minister Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz along with representatives of around 30 countries were present in the conference.
Modi called for an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled peace process to bring stability to Afghan region.
He said there was a need to demonstrate strong and collective will to defeat terror networks that cause bloodshed and spread fear.