BJP seeks strong global framework against terrorism
"Terrorism is a common concern for the mankind and it does not recognise any boundaries," Gadkari said, addressing a convention of the Overseas Friends of BJP at the City Pavillion, at Romford, on the outskirts of London last night.
He appreciated British Prime Minister David Cameron`s bold statement during his visit to India last year that Pakistan promoted export of terror.
Cameron had said in Bangalore, "We cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country (Pakistan) is allowed to look both ways and is able to promote the export of terror, whether to India or Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world."
Gadkari said BJP wanted good relations with Pakistan so that the two countries could live in peace and fight the problems of poverty and unemployment. "We want friendship with Pakistan but they are fighting a proxy war against us."
"… we live in a very uncertain neighbourhood.
Pakistan was using terror as a state policy. Terror groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) were offshoots of the ISI," he said during his hour-long address.
He said there were very strong growing inter-linkages amongst terror groups, and India and Britain needed to accord the highest priority to defeating global terrorism and to making sure that the two countries cooperate fully with each other in winning this battle.
Gadkari sought strengthening of the global framework against terrorism, days after Mumbai was rocked by three blasts that claimed 19 lives.