SAARC leaders condemn terrorism
Terrorism featured prominently in the addresses of the SAARC leaders at the inauguration of the 15th SAARC Summit. They were
united in condemnation of terrorism and warning of the threat it posed
to development of the region.
Here are their observations.
Afghanistan - "wild fires of terrorism spreading across the region"
President Hamid Kharzai of Afghanistan, who opened his
address with an apology to India for the terrorist attack on the Indian
Embassy in Kabul, said: "No amount of outrage and condemnation can
suffice to express the anger and frustration we all feel when faced with
such mindless brutality and violence.
"I am sure you will realize that these terrorist
attacks are a rapidly growing threat, not just to Afghanistan or India,
but throughout the entire SAARC region. Considering the many threats
facing South Asia, President Karzai said that terrorism is by far the
greatest and m most menacing threat of all. While the people of
Afghanistan today are the bearing brunt of international terrorism on a
daily basis, it is with tremendous trepidation that we watch the wild
fires of terrorism spreading across the region.
Bangladesh - "committed against terrorism in all its forms and
The deadly fangs of terrorism are spreading across the
region. They threaten to disrupt peace and stability. We must combat
this menace of terrorism across the broadest possible spectrum, said the
Head of Government and Chief Advisor of Bangladesh Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed.
"I like to reiterate that Bangladesh stands with
resolve to deal with this issue forcefully and effectively. Let me
announce unequivocally that Bangladesh is committed against terrorism in
all its forms and manifestations. Terrorism has perpetrated brutal
attacks in every part of the world. We condemn the heinous terrorist
attacks in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan in recent times, which caused
unnecessary loss of valuable lives and property.
"Bangladesh as a signatory to the international
conventions against terrorism both globally and regionally, is in the
process of enacting relevant domestic laws for their effective
implementation at the national level," Dr. Ahmed said.
Bhutan -"a grim reminder of this menace that continues to haunt and
plague our region'
We unequivocally condemn these senseless and
reprehensible acts of violence; regardless of how sublime, noble and
even desperate a cause may be, said Prime Minister Lyonpo Jigmi Y
Thinley of Bhutan condemning terrorism.
The Bhutanese Prime Minister said "As we strive to
improve the welfare of our people, they continue to suffer the pain of
insecurity and fear from terrorism and other transnational crimes.
The recent acts of terrorism in our region are a grim
reminder of this menace that continues to haunt and plague our region.
My peaceful country too has been afflicted by this scourge, and over the
last few years has had to grapple with the terrorist a series of
We unequivocally condemn these senseless and
reprehensible acts of violence. Regardless of how sublime, noble and
even desperate a cause may be, we can never justify the means that can
kill and maim innocent men, women and children in the most cowardly and
Let us renew the commitment we made in the 14th SAARC
Summit to find the best and most practical means to implement the
provisions of the existing SAARC conventions on Terrorism, Drugs,
Trafficking in women and children and other transitional crimes."
India -"single biggest threat to our stability and progress"
"Terrorism continues to rear its ugly head in our
region. It remains the single biggest threat to our stability and to our
progress. We cannot afford to lose the battle against the ideologies of
hatred,fanaticism and against all those who seek to destroy our social
fabric, said Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. "
Terrorists and extremists know no borders. The recent
attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul and the serial blasts in Bangalore
and Ahmedabad in the last few days are gruesome reminders of the
barbarity that still finds a place here in South Asia. We must act
jointly and with determination to fight this scourge. We must defend the
values of pluralism, peaceful coexistence and the rule of law."
Maldives - "strengthen collective efforts to combating the scourge
Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom said it was
the most important duty of SAARC to undertake all efforts to strengthen
collective efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism.
"SAARC member states want to live together in harmony
and peace. I believe, therefore, that it is our most important duty to
undertake all efforts to strength peace and stability in the region, and
our collective efforts to combating the scourge of terrorism
"The SAARC convention on mutual assistance in criminal
matters will complement the efforts of the law enforcement agencies for
greater regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism," the
Maldivian President said.
Pakistan - "We need to fight it individually as well as
The world is facing today the menace of extremism and
terrorism, which has shattered the entire value system of peoples and
interferes with socio-economic development," said Mr. Makhdoom Raza
Gilani, Prime Minister of Pakistan.
"I condemn the attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul.
Pakistan has suffered from terrorism, which afflicts all countries of
this region. We too have lost a great leader in Benazir Bhutto because
of terrorism. It is our joint responsibility to rid our region of this
menace. We need to fight it individually as well as collectively.
"The forthcoming g meetings of the SAASRCB Police
Chiefs and Home and Internal Ministers in Islamabad, which takes place
later this year, will focus on strengthening regional cooperation
against terrorism," he said.