Dushanbe: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval did some tough talk in Dushanbe at the SCO NSA meet and urged SCO to bring action plan against Pakistan-based terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed as part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) framework.
According to sources, NSA Doval proposed that an action plan against LeT and JeM as part of the SCO framework. He emphasized the adoption of international standards to counter-terror financing, including an MOU between SCO and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
LeT and Jaish have planned and carried out multiple operations in India over the previous two decades, including the 26/11 Mumbai attack and the attack on the Indian parliament. These groups are engaged in promoting infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir and indoctrinating youth across India. These groups are also accused of being involved in terror financing.
Interestingly, NSA Doval talked about action against Pakistan-based outfits at the SCO meet where his Pakistan counterpart Moeed Yusuf was also participating.
The FATF plenary is going on in Paris and is soon going to decide on keeping Pakistan on the grey list or putting it on its blacklist. NSA Doval strongly condemned terrorism in all forms and manifestations. Terrorists, especially those who carry out cross-border terror attacks, should be brought to justice, he said.
He also underlined the need for full implementation of UN resolutions and targeted sanctions against UN-designated terrorist individuals and entities. NSA Doval told SCO members that emerging technology utilized by terrorists, like drones for weapon smuggling and misuse of the dark web, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and social media, must be monitored.
NSA Doval, also highlighted in the SCO NSA, meets that greater connectivity including, through initiatives like Chahbahar, INSTC, Regional Air Corridors, Ashgabat Agreement always leads to economic gains and building trust. However, connectivity must respect sovereignty and territorial integrity.
There was also a detailed discussion on Afghanistan, which is witnessing a surge in Taliban violence. It is learned from reliable sources that NSA Doval told SCO members that there is a need to preserve gains made in the last two decades in Afghanistan and give top priority to the welfare of its people.
He also told SCO that India fully supports the SCO Contact Group on Afghanistan, which should be more active. Though India became SCO Member in 2017, it has physical, spiritual, cultural, and philosophical inter-linkages for centuries with countries that now make up SCO, he added.