NEW DELHI :
India’s minister of state for home affairs G. Kishan Reddy on Tuesday said terrorism was a major challenge for the country and the biggest obstacle to development, but added that “the government is determined to eradicate terrorism completely.”
Speaking at the National Conference of Chiefs of Anti-Terror squads and Special Task Forces organized by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Reddy said while India has risen to the challenge of terrorism, fundamentalism, separatism movements, extremism, communalism and Maoist violence posed major internal security challenges.
Reddy said, “NIA has registered 286 serious terrorism cases during its tenure of 10 years since its inception. Out of these, professional investigation of 210 cases has been successfully submitted in the NIA Special Courts.”
Highlighting NIA’s role in busting “Pakistan’s role in Pathankot, Uri, Banihal and Handwara cases of terrorist attacks,” Reddy said India’s national security challenges were functions of its unique geography, diversity and regional as well as global developments.
“The state of Jammu and Kashmir, despite being in India, was acting as a separate sovereign state due to disruptive and separatist activities. The Government of India has merged the state of Jammu and Kashmir with India by removing Article 370…the Government has succeeded in crushing cross border sponsored terrorism and there will be all-round development of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh,” Reddy said, adding that Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism and jihadi terrorism were the biggest external security challenges for the country.
Earlier today, union home minister Amit Shah stressed that India had had a protracted history of terrorism at the 35th raising day of the National Security Guard (NSG).
Meanwhile, Pakistan is on the verge of being penalised strongly for its lack of action against terrorist groups operating from its soil, with a warning from the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to improve its record.