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NSA Ajit Doval condemns terrorism, urges rejection of 'double standards'

Written by  Annesha Barua -- April 03rd 2024 06:26 PM
NSA Ajit Doval condemns terrorism, urges rejection of 'double standards'

NSA Ajit Doval condemns terrorism, urges rejection of 'double standards'

PTC News Desk: Attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, NSA Ajit Doval reiterated India's commitment to strengthening ties with member states. Emphasising the importance of respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity, he condemned the recent terror attack in Moscow, expressing solidarity with Russia.

Doval stressed that terrorism in any form is unjustifiable and called for swift action against perpetrators, including those involved in cross-border terrorism. He emphasised the need to hold sponsors, financiers, and facilitators of terrorism accountable, urging an end to double standards.

Addressing ongoing threats from various terror groups, including those designated by the UN Security Council, Doval highlighted the use of technology by terrorists, such as drones for smuggling weapons and drugs. He advocated for enhanced cooperation within the SCO to counter terror financing and strengthen security measures.

India stands firm in its commitment to combat terrorism and support international efforts to ensure peace and security in the region.

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NSA advocates humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

Expressing profound concern over Afghanistan's security situation and the presence of terrorist networks, NSA Ajit Doval emphasised India's legitimate security and economic interests in the nation now under Taliban rule.

"The SCO's immediate priorities in Afghanistan include providing humanitarian assistance, ensuring the formation of a truly inclusive and representative government, combating terrorism and drug trafficking, and safeguarding the rights of women, children, and minorities," stated Doval. Highlighting India's contributions, he mentioned an investment of $3 billion along with significant aid, including wheat, medical supplies, and pesticide to combat the locust menace.

During the meeting between Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and SCO member states' security council secretaries, Doval conveyed India's support for Kazakh initiatives and a successful Presidency.

"India is committed to deepening its relationship with the SCO and member states in a proactive and constructive manner, with security being a top priority. This aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for a SECURE SCO, emphasising Security, Economic Cooperation, Connectivity, Unity, Respect for Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity, and Environment Protection," he affirmed.

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(Inputs from agencies)



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