Union home minister Rajnath Singh hit out at Pakistan without naming the neighbouring country on Friday, saying some countries that made terrorism a part of their state policy must be isolated.
Speaking to the All India Christian Council in Delhi, Singh urged the world to unite against nations that used terrorism, a day before world leaders arrived in Goa for the Brics summit.
“There can be differences over thinking and issues with some nations, but a gun cannot resolve them. The world faces the scourge of terrorism,” Singh said.
The comments come amid increased government efforts to globally isolate Pakistan following surgical strikes by the army on temporary militant shelters across the Line-of-Control two weeks ago.
Since then, many countries – including Islamabad’s ally Washington – have condemned militancy coming out of Pakistan.
India plans to pursue further isolating Pakistan diplomatically with ten countries in different formats in Goa this weekend. New Delhi wants to use the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and seven member Bay of Bengal countries outreach meet and bilateral meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and different heads of state to air its concern over cross-border terrorism.
A Saarc summit slated for November in Islamabad got postponed after India linked cross-border terrorism with regional cooperation and succeeded in getting support from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan. Many of the Saarc member countries will also be present in Goa.
(With agency inputs)