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Advani takes on terrorism at UNGA

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United Nations: Terming terrorism as a “Frankenstein monster,” senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L. K. Advani has said that the global community cannot afford to adopt “selective approaches” in dealing with terrorist groups and use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy is short-sighted.

Advani, who was among a group of visiting Indian Parliamentarians at the United Nations attending sessions of the General assembly, said India has faced the scourge of terrorism for over two-and-a-half decades with the South Asian region having been wracked by activities of the biggest terrorist actors in the world like Al Qaeda, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jamat-ud Daawa.

“The fight against terrorism has to be unrelenting and fought across all fronts. The international commu- nity cannot afford selective approaches in dealing with terrorist groups or in dismantling the infrastructure of terrorism,” Advani said in his address on measures to eliminate international terro-rism on October 8.

He said terrorism was a “Frankenstein monster” and resorting to the use of terrorism as an instrument of State policy is short-sighted.

He said terrorism, extremism and radicalization continue to pose a serious challenge to peace, progress and prosperity in the South Asian region.

He asked the international community to step up its collective efforts with real cooperation among member states to confront the scourge of  terrorism “squarely and decisively.”