Increasing extremism and radicalisation are the biggest threat to global peace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today at the nine-member Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, and drew attention to the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister highlighted India’s concerns over regional stability and asked the SCO member states, which includes China and Pakistan, to ensure the grouping works closely together on issues like connectivity and trust.
“Today, we can see what is happening in Afghanistan. As SCO members it is a must for us all to ensure that there is no radicalisation and extremism on the rise there,” PM Modi said at the SCO summit held online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If we take a look at history, we will find that Central Asia has been a bastion of moderate and progressive cultures and values. Sufism flourished here over the centuries and spread throughout the region and the world. We can still see them in the cultural heritage of this region,” the Prime Minister said. “Based on this historical heritage of Central Asia, SCO should make a common template of fighting radicalisation and extremism. In India, and in almost all the countries of the SCO, there are moderate, tolerant and inclusive institutions and traditions associated with Islam,” PM Modi said.