President Pranab asks world to proscribe states sponsoring terrorism

In an obvious reference to Pakistan, President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday asked the world to proscribe nations that support or sponsor terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

PTI| Last Updated: Feb 02, 2016, 20:35 PM IST

Jaipur: In an obvious reference to Pakistan, President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday asked the world to proscribe nations that support or sponsor terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

Asserting there is no good or bad terrorism, Mukherjee termed it as a "cancer which must be operated out with a firm scalpel" and world, in one voice, reject all its manifestations, without distinction.

"It is imperative that the world in one voice rejects all manifestations of terrorism, without distinction, and proscribes States that support or sponsor terrorism as an instrument of State policy," he said after inaugurating the second edition of counter-terrorism conference organised by the India Foundation in collaboration with government of Rajasthan.

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav is member, Board of Directors of the India Foundation.

Terming the 9/11 terror attack in the US as a watershed moment, the President said the country needs to carefully examine and learn lessons from the success and failures of counter terrorism strategies followed since then.

"From that single incident have flowed most of the interventions in the counter terrorism sphere that we see happening at the international level as also at the regional and domestic levels.

"Faced with the spectre of terrorism, the Western world has undertaken a lot in terms of strategy and tactics and has achieved results also. We need to carefully examine and learn lessons from the success and failure of these strategies," he said.

The US had carried out an operation to kill dreaded terrorist Osama bin Laden, said to be behind the 2001 attack, in Pakistan, nearly ten years after the incident.

Mukherjee said the predominant focus has to be on the political management of terrorism.

"This includes addressing issues of ideology and dealing with countries that sponsor or support terrorism.