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India asks SCO to frame action plan against Pak-based terror groups JeM, LeT

New Delhi, June 24

India has proposed an action plan against the LeT and the JeM as part of the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which also includes as its members Pakistan where these two banned terrorist organisations are located as well as China, which had for years blocked the international listing of the chief of one of them, said sources here.

India’s proposal was suggested by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval at the 16th meeting of NSAs at Dushanbe in Tajikistan on Wednesday. India also pressed for the full implementation of UN resolutions and targeted sanctions against UN designated terrorist individuals and entities, they said.

Doval also proposed the adoption of international standards to counter terror financing, including a MoU between SCO and FATF.  At the moment, Pakistan is the only SCO member that is on FATF’s grey list and a decision whether it will remain on the watch-list will be announced on Friday.

The NSA also suggested the need to monitor new technologies used by terrorists including drones for smuggling of weapons and misuse of dark web, artificial intelligence, blockchain and social media.

He advocated the need to preserve gains made in last two decades in Afghanistan and give top priority to welfare of its people. India fully supports SCO Contact Group on Afghanistan, which should be more active, Doval told the meeting.

 

He also pressed for greater connectivity including through initiatives like Chahbahar, INSTC, Regional Air Corridors, Ashgabat Agreement which always leads to economic gains and building trust. “However, connectivity must respect sovereignty and territorial integrity,’’ he cautioned, in an oblique reference to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor which also passes through territory claimed by India.

Sources said Doval said though India became SCO Member in 2017, it has physical, spiritual, cultural and philosophical inter-linkages for centuries with countries that now make up SCO.