India prime minister calls Pakistan ‘mothership of terror’ during BRICS conference

GOA, India, Oct. 16 (UPI) — India’s prime minister referred to its neighbor, Pakistan, as “the mothership of terror” durinng the BRICS conference Sunday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for action against terrorism with the early adoption of CCIT, or Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.

“The most serious direct threat to our economic prosperity is terrorism; tragically, its mothership is a country in India’s neighborhood,” Modi said, The Hindu reported.

India’s concerns over terrorism has weighed heavily at the BRICS summit, an international relations conference attended by the heads of state of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

“This country shelters not just terrorists. It nurtures a mindset” he said, not referring to Pakistan by name. “A mindset that loudly proclaims that terrorism is justifiable for political gains.”

Modi is hoping to find common ground among the BRICS nations. India has repleatedly been a victim of cross-border terrorism, the Hindustan Times reported.

Modi urged his fellow BRICS members to “speak in one voice against terrorism.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Saturday, condemned terrorism in all forms,which prompted Modi to say Moscow’s stand on the issue “mirrors our own”

India officials said they made “little progress” with Chinese President Xi Jinping when speaking with him on the issue.

India’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Vikas Swarup said China did not commit to backing India’s bid on a United Nations ban of Pakistani militant leader Masood Azhar. She said only that terrorism is a “key issue” and both countries should strengthen their security dialogue and partnership.

“We can only convey our concerns,” she said. “It is up to them to review their decision. We expect China will see logic in it.”

Just weeks ago, India suffered a deadly attack on the Indian army base in Uri. That incident prompted Modi to push for a stronger statement on terrorism that could help isolate Pakistan.


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