At the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) NSAs meeting on Wednesday, India’s national security advisor, Ajit Doval, proposed a “action plan” against Pakistan-based terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) (June 23). The SCO framework has been proposed for action against the aforementioned terror groups.
Many terror attacks in India have been carried out by the LeT and JeM, particularly in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. JeM, which was founded with the help of Pakistan’s spy agency, was responsible for the Pulwama terror attack, which killed 40 Indian soldiers.
The Indian side also called for full implementation of UN resolutions and targeted sanctions against UN-designated terrorist individuals and entities during the meeting, which was also attended by Pakistan NSA Moeed Yusuf.
Pakistan has one of the highest concentrations of UN-designated international terrorists. It has been seen as lax on them, to the point where Islamabad has applied for “pensions” for listed terrorists such as Hafiz Saeed. LeT was founded by Saeed.
During the in-person meeting in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, the Indian NSA “strongly condemned terrorism in all forms and manifestations,” according to sources, adding that “perpetrators of terrorism, including cross-border terror attacks, should be brought to justice expeditiously.”
More than a decade after the 26/11 terror attacks in Pakistan, the country has yet to take action against the perpetrators.
Surprisingly, India also emphasised the adoption of international standards to combat terror financing, including a Memorandum of Understanding between the SCO and the anti-terror financing body FATF.
During the meeting, the NSA highlighted connectivity projects such as Chahbahar, INSTC, and Regional Air Corridors that are leading to “economic gains and building trust,” but cautioned that “connectivity must respect sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Notably, China’s massive infrastructure project, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. This has been a source of concern for New Delhi, which has raised the issue with Beijing on numerous occasions.
Concerning Afghanistan, NSA emphasised the importance of preserving gains made over the last two decades and giving top priority to the welfare of its people, and it expressed full support to the SCO Contact Group on the issue.
Doval met with Russian NSA Nikolai Patrushev for over two hours, during which they discussed issues of mutual interest.