New India will no longer silently witness terror attacks on its soil: Government
Accusing Pakistan of becoming the "architect and exporter" of terrorism, Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan said that the country has “willingly embraced terrorism as a defining feature of its regional engagement".
Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan on Wednesday said that India has made "abundantly clear" to its neighbours that it will no longer remain a silent witness to terror attacks on it and would take resolute steps.
He made the comments while addressing the 12th South Asia Conference on "India's Neighbourhood first policy: Regional perceptions" at the IDSA -- a defence and security think tank.
Accusing Pakistan of becoming the "architect and exporter" of terrorism, the Minister said that the country has “willingly embraced terrorism as a defining feature of its regional engagement".
Without naming Pakistan, the Union Minister said one of our "neighbouring country" has willingly "embraced" terrorism as a defining feature of its regional engagement.
"India's equivocal rejection of terrorism has led us to fine tune our policy towards countries that deploy terrorism as a tool of their foreign policy. We have made it abundantly clear that new India will no longer remain a silent witness to repetitive attacks of terror on its soil.
“We have also demonstrated that while we are land of 'ahimsa' (non-violence), patience and reverence, we will take resolute measures to protect our people," the Minister said, in an apparent reference to Balakot strike on terror pads in Pakistan in 2019.
"It (Pakistan) has become epicentre, architect and exporter of terrorism. Radicalisation is an integral ingredient of terrorism, it knows no boundaries and doesn't recognise nationalities. In that sense, radicalisation, one of major causes of terrorism, is growing in our region and we must all join hands against it," he added.
Referring to increasing terror threats to India, Muraleedharan said New Delhi has tried to escalate this at international level as also include the agenda under its “neighbourhood first policy” engagement.
Elaborating on India's policy, the Minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always emphasised that India's neighbourhood is most critical for country's future and the world.
#India’s 'Neighbourhood First Policy' includes within its ambit 5C's: Collective cooperation, Capacity-building, Connectivity, Cultural cross-currents and enhancing Community connect, says Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri V. Muraleedharan. pic.twitter.com/5kwhwGmOrS— IDSA, New Delhi (@IDSAIndia) January 29, 2020
India has renewed people-to-people contacts to reinvigorate the centuries-old relationship and facilitate economic growth in its neighbourhood, says Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri V. Muraleedharan. pic.twitter.com/fJIua6l6Bw— IDSA, New Delhi (@IDSAIndia) January 29, 2020
India's relationship with its neighbours is collectively most important component of India's foreign policy, he said, adding the policy covers 5C's, including collective cooperation, capacity-building and connectivity.