External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said nations that have turned the “production” of terrorists into a “primary export” have attempted to paint themselves as victims of terror as he pitched for global mechanisms to dismantle the structures supporting terrorism.
Without naming Pakistan, Mr Jaishankar said international pressure has eventually compelled a nation complicit in “aiding, abetting, training and directing” terror groups and associated criminal syndicates to “grudgingly acknowledge” the presence of wanted terrorists and organised crime leaders on its territory.
Last week, Pakistan came out with a “Statutory Regulatory Order” (SRO) mentioning names of some 80 terrorists including Dawood Ibrahim, Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, ostensibly to escape blacklisting of the country by anti-terror watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
In his remarks at the 19th Darbari Seth memorial lecture organised by The Energy Research Institute (TERI), Mr Jaishankar identified use of passenger aircraft as weapons of mass destruction in the “9/11” terror attack and “lethally contagious” coronavirus as “stand-out moments” that disrupted the trajectory of human society.
“All the while, states that have turned the production of terrorists into a primary export have attempted, by dint of bland denials, to paint themselves…