New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today speaking at the 20th Asean Regional Forum Heads of Defence Universities stated that terrorism is still the “foremost challenge” for the Asean member-countries and further said that there is a need to delegitimise it as an instrument of state policy and and cooperate unreservedly to destroy all the networks of the terrorists.
Parrikar said: “Terrorism remains foremost challenge to our (Asean) region. We need to oppose terrorism resolutely everywhere, delegitimise it as an instrument of state policy, and cooperate unreservedly to locate and destroy terrorist networks.”
Defence Minister further went on to say that, “The security frameworks in our (Asean) region still does not give enough attention to terrorism. This must change.”
These comments from the defence minister came amid the long persisting tension along India-Pakistan border subsequent to the attack at an Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that killing 19 soldiers.