“We have a neighbour … like we are experts in IT (information technology) they’re experts in ‘international terrorism’. It’s going on for years … but we could explain to the world that terrorism is terrorism, today it’s being done against us, tomorrow it will be against you,” Jaishankar said at an event in Gujarat’s Vadodara.
He further pointed out that the world’s understanding of terrorism has changed as compared to earlier times and it is not tolerating it anymore, “this is an example of our diplomacy”. “Countries using terrorism are under pressure and are further reluctant,” the minister said.
“No other country practices terrorism in the manner in which Pakistan has done. You show me anywhere in the world what Pakistan has done for so many years against India. After the 26/11 Mumbai attack, it is important for us to be clear to ourselves that this kind of behaviour and action is unacceptable and there will be consequences,” said Jaishankar
Speaking on terrorist incidents in northeast India, Jaishankar said that in recent years these activities have reduced because India could achieve a land boundary agreement with Bangladesh in 2015.
That agreement “stopped extremists from getting shelter in Bangladesh which stopped their operation in northeast India,” the EAM noted.
‘Faced pressure head on’
Jaishankar also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not yield to pressure amid soaring oil prices and advised that India must do what is best for the nation and if pressure comes then to face it head on.
“Due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict petrol prices doubled. We had pressure from where to buy the oil, but PM Modi and the government were of the view that we have to do what is best for our nation and if pressure comes then we should face it,” Jaishankar said.
During the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Jaishankar said PM Modi called both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for a ceasefire for some time so that we can safely evacuate our students.
It is pertinent to note that India has constantly called on Russia and Ukraine to end the war and choose dialogue and diplomacy.
(With inputs from agencies)