Success in countering terrorism is a function of curbing military, political and financial support to it. This truism is the premise for the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, which seeks to criminalize state support to terror groups. PTI reported on Sunday that India will push for the early adoption of the convention at the New York meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
India faces myriad threats to security—from a massive attack such as 26/11 to Sunday’s shooting near Delhi’s Jama Masjid. Simply terming pro-terrorism activity illegal isn’t a strong enough deterrent to such activities. The conditions that breed and nourish terrorism are likely to persist, especially in dark corners of the world such as our neighbourhood.
The convention seeks to bind countries to a global system of values. That is a worthy effort. But India’s recent run-ins with terrorism call for stronger unilateral actions. Depending on global counterterrorism efforts won’t be enough.