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WATCH: As Pakistan Sulks, Chief Guest India Sets Agenda At OIC; "Must Tell Those Who Provide Shelter And Funding To The Terrorist Organisations To Dismantle Them", Says EAM Sushma Swaraj

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday laid focus on the rise of terrorism during her address at the inaugural plenary of the two-day meeting of the foreign ministers' meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) states. Moments after India's External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj was received in Abu Dhabi with full diplomatic protocol, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi gave out a statement that he "will not attend Council of Foreign Ministers as a matter of principle for having extended invitation as a Guest of Honour to Sushma Swaraj".

An Empty Pakistani chair at OIC could be spotted as 'Guest of Honour' Sushma Swaraj set the agenda during her speech.

Meanwhile, EAM Sushma Swaraj focused on how terrorism is a 'great peril' to the entire global community.

"We lay on the uncertainties, tensions, turbulence, violence, dislocation, displacements are also at a high. Conflicts, within and between societies, are rising. We are also seeing the human and economic course of climate change and we are witnessing the terrible daily destruction in senseless terrorist violence. It is destroying lives, destabilizing regions and putting the world at great peril".

Furthermore, EAM Sushma Swaraj listed major regions that are victims of terrorism as the reach of this global menace is expanding.

"The reach of terror is growing. It's lethality is increasing and the toll it is taking is rising. In the rich diversity of Southeast Asia, in West Asia and the Gulf, in North Africa and Sahil region, in Europe and North America, in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and India, we see the terrible face of terror".

She stated that "each case terrorism is driven by distortion of religion and in a misguided belief in its power to succeed". 

"Terrorism and extremism be a different names and labels. It uses diverse causes but in each case it is driven by distortion of religion and in a misguided belief in its power to succeed. The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion. It cannot be".

Concluding her speech, Sushma Swaraj stated that the only way to curb terrorism is by urging the states, who provide shelter and funding to the terrorists, to stop immediately. 

"If we want to save humanity then we must tell the states who provide shelter and funding to the terrorists. To dismantle the structure of the terrorist camps and stop providing funding to the terrorist organization based in the country. At the same time, I would like to say that this menace cannot be fought only through military, intelligence and diplomatic means but it is a battle that must be won through the strengths of our values. This is a task that states, societies, savages, scholars, spiritual leaders and families must pursue through personal contexts and social media. And for this faiths must speak to faiths, cultures must engage with cultures, communities must bridge bridges and not erect walls. The youth must shape the future and not destroy lives". 

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Earlier in the day, Pakistan' Foreign Minister stated that he will not attend OIC meeting because Sushma Swaraj is a Guest Of Honour. Shah Mehmood Qureshi had officially apprised to the OIC of a probable boycott to the event if the invitation extended to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was not withdrawn. 

In a letter, the Pakistan Foreign Minister wrote to OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen that Pakistan would be compelled to reassess their presence at the event if Indian Foreign Ministry would be in attendance.

This comes parallel to Pak PM Imran Khan's call for 'peace' and a second incursion by Pakistan Air Force in Indian airspace on Thursday.