‘Terror a threat to humanity’: Modi’s veiled message to Pak at SCO

Prime Minister will hold a number of bilateral meetings today with leaders of SCO member countries

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New Delhi: Astana: In a veiled message to Islamabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the round table with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif called for coordinated and strong efforts to fight terror and radicalisation, particularly on recruitment, training and financing.

“Terrorism is violation of human rights and basic human values. The fight against terrorism is an important part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Whether it is the issue of radicalisation, recruitment of terrorists, their training and financing, unless we take coordinated and strong efforts, it is not possible to find a solution,” Modi said, addressing a day-long meeting of the SCO to which India was admitted as a full member along with Pakistan on Friday.

Modi yesterday called on Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev as his first engagement in Astana. Both leaders discussed ways to expand bilateral ties and security situation in the region.

Modi also attended a concert at Astana Opera where he exchanged greetings with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. Prime Minister enquired about Mr Sharif’s health. Modi arrived in Astana yesterday afternoon on a two-day visit to Kazakhstan to participate in the SCO summit.