New Delhi: Observing that disruptive activities of terrorists posed a serious threat to world peace, President Pratibha Patil said on 25 September it is imperative for nations to take a “firm and unequivocal” stand against the scourge.
“Terrorism has no justification whatsoever and no cause can be served by shedding the blood of innocent people. It is imperative that we all take a firm and unequivocal stand against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” she said inaugurating the 53rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.
She said the disruptive activities of terrorists using modern technologies to set up extensive networks and killing innocent people posed a serious threat.
“India will continue to work to further strengthen international cooperation against terrorism,” she told the audience that included Parliamentarians from Commonwealth countries, Union Ministers Shivraj Patil and Anbumani Ramadoss and NRI industrialist Swraj Paul.
Noting that the contemporary world which was full of strife and conflict needed a “healing touch”, the President said a firm political will was required to meet the 2015 target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals that seek to eradicate poverty and hunger, promote education, empower women and combat HIV/AIDS.