Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit's Plenary session on Friday, June 14, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and while doing so, was first speaker to make his address among the world leaders who had gathered, following the host's address.
As the Prime Minister spoke on a range of topics, he emphasized the importance of the fight against terror, especially in the Central Asian region. In a strong statement against terror, in the presence of Pakistan PM Imran Khan on the same table, PM Modi said that countries sponsoring terror must be held accountable. The strong statement by PM Modi comes just a day after yet another terror attack, in Anantnag, where the hand of Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Toiba has come to light.
Appealing for a terrorism-free society and highlighting the common cause of the fight against terrorism of the SCO member countries, Prime Minister Modi said:
"Last Sunday during my visit to Sri Lanka I went to St Antony's Church and I was reminded of the fatal and cruel face of terrorism that is making its appearance everywhere in the world and killing innocents. To tackle this danger, every humanitarian force and all countries will have to come out of their limited space and will have to fight together."
In a reference to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, PM Modi gave a strong statement:
"Countries shielding terrorists, encouraging terrorism and providing safe havens to them must be held responsible. In order to curb terrorism, SCO members can use the combined power of all SCO members and march ahead in their fight against terrorism. In order to tackle terrorism, India is proposing an international summit."
On day 1 of the SCO summit, PM Modi had snubbed Pakistan in light of the unabated terrorism being proliferated from its soil. India had already clarified that there would be no bilateral meeting between the two leaders.
In another blow to Pakistan, the Prime Minister also talked with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. Briefing the media about the bilateral talks between India and China, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said:
"The Prime Minister did inform Xi Jinping that Pakistan needs to create an atmosphere free of terrorism and at this stage we did not see that happening yet and therefore we expect Pakistan to take concrete action on the issues that India has proposed."