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Sansad TV: Perspective- India’s Efforts To Counter Terror





According to the annual report by US bureau on counterterrorism Indian government made significant efforts in 2021 to detect, disrupt, and degrade operations of terrorist organizations. The report also suggested a shift in terrorists’ tactics in their attacks against civilians and greater reliance on IEDs. India has emerged as a significant player at global level in efforts to formulate strategy against terrorism. Last year in October India hosted two global events – the Interpol Annual General Meeting and a special session of UN Anti-Terrorism Committee in Mumbai and Delhi. India is also a member of FATF, the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering, and the Eurasian Group. India’s Financial Intelligence Unit is part of the Egmont Group.

Counter-terror diplomacy:

  •  Terrorism looms large over the world today. Amorphous terror groups, newer cyber linked terrorism, increasing lone wolf attacks are all adding to the ominous threats of violence.
  • The Special Meeting of the UNSC-CTC was hosted by India in Mumbai and Delhi, focussing on new and emerging technologies .
  • New Delhi hosted the third edition of the No Money for Terror (NMFT) conference for tackling future modes of terror financing.
  • India chaired a special briefing on the Global Counter-Terrorism Architecture, looking at the challenges ahead.
  • However, it is critical to evaluate some of the current challenges, particularly when the world is dealing with the war in Europe, COVID-19 and the global recession.

State-sponsored terrorism

  • India has borne the brunt of terrorism and has witnessed serious loss of life and property in senseless violent explosions in large cities in the past few decades
  • We have to fight the war against terrorism and terrorist groups, in every geographical space, in every virtual space
  • Money is transferred to terror organization via Pakistan army.
  • Pakistan’s active participation has caused thousands of deaths in the region; all these years Pakistan has been supportive to several terrorist groups despite several stern warnings from the international community
  • The government of Pakistan has been accused of aiding terrorist organisations operating on their soil who have attacked neighbouring India.
  • Pakistan denies all allegations, stating that these acts are committed by non-state actors
  • Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has admitted that Pakistan supported and trained terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in 1990s to carry out militancy in Kashmir From 1979 Pakistan was in favour of religious militancy
  • Many organizations change names and set up other organization to frame that Pakistan is looking into it.

 The importance of combating terrorist financing:

·       Some countries, their governments and agencies have made ‘Terrorism’ their State Policy; in these terror havens, it is necessary to shackle their unrestrained activities along with a strict economic crackdown and all the countries of the world will have to make up their minds on this, rising above their geo-political interests

·       The strategy of “Trace, Target, and Terminate” to be adopted from low-level economic offenses to more organized economic crimes

  • Disrupting and preventing these terrorism-related financial flows and transactions is one of the most effective ways to fight terrorism.
  • Not only can it prevent future attacks by disrupting their material support, the footprints of their purchases, withdrawals and other financial transactions can provide valuable information for ongoing investigations.
  • Countering terrorism financing is therefore an essential part of the global fight against terror threat.
  • As terrorists and terrorist groups continue to raise money with use of various means, countries must make it a priority to understand the risks they face from terrorist financing and develop policy responses to all aspects of it


  • India must set the global narrative of not only fighting the “last war” on terrorism but also preparing for the next.
  • India can now work with multilateral funder institutions to work outvhow Pakistan is channeling money to terrorism.
  • India’s support and stand at international forums has been increasing as a continuous process in its fights against terrorism. It shall continue to take a stand firm to control the menace.
  • Establish a comprehensive monitoring framework involving cooperation, coordination, and collaboration among all intelligence and investigative agencies.
  • The world community must address contradictions in the War on Terror. For 20 years, the world has failed to agree on a common definition of terrorism at the United Nations.
  • Unless the world is truly united on the issue and resolves such contradictions, the global War on Terror will only be as strong as its weakest link.
  • The success or failure of each of these approaches must be studied before deciding their applicability elsewhere.