Indian Vice President lashes Pakistan for ‘misusing’ NAM summit

Indian Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has hit out at Pakistan for “misusing” the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit “to justify its longstanding policy of conducting cross-border terrorism” against its neighbours.

Addressing the 18th NAM Summit in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, on Friday, Naidu regretted that Pakistan President had “misused the august forum and said “indeed, we speak for the larger region in terms of this deep concern over Pakistan’s behavior”.

Stressing that Pakistan clearly needed to do much more to earn the confidence of the international community, the Vice President said “it must decisively abjure terrorism—for its own good, for that of its neighbours and for the good of the world,” according to an official text of Naidu’s speech made available.

Naidu also called for achieving a just, equitable and representative global governance system by reforming the United Nations, including the Security Council to reflect the contemporary realities of the 21st century.

The Indian Vice President has urged the Non Aligned Movement to re-focus to remain an influential grouping and find solutions to challenges relating to terrorism, global governance reform, sustainable development and South-South cooperation.

He called upon all NAM countries to come together to forge a common front against terror in all its forms and said there was no justification for violent extremist ideologies and terrorist actions that maim and murder innocents.

He said that terrorism was “the single most destructive threat, not only to international peace and security but to the very principles we are discussing today.”

“Their capacity to inflict damage has multiplied with the diffusion of information technology, giving terrorist organizations offensive cyber capabilities”, he added.

Calling for strengthening all international laws and mechanisms to combat terrorists and their enablers, Naidu said the NAM partners should forge a common front by stepping up inter-agency coordination, exchanging information and strengthening the existing legal framework by endorsing the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) proposed by India in 1996.

Assuring India’s continued support to the Non-Aligned Movement, Naidu has asked the six decade- old movement to reorient its focus to remain relevant in the context of the challenges of the modern world.

Observing that NAM need not position itself for or against any ideology or groups of nations, the Indian Vice President said “it is important that we do not waste our energies on issues that cause dissonance among us”.