Afghanistan CEO Abdullah seeks regional action plan against terrorism

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The Afghanistan Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah has proposed a regional action plan to combat with terrorism.

While talking to the Counter-Terrorism Conference in Jaipur, capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan on Tuesday, CEO Abdullah said that terrorism poses grave danger to the regional stability and international peace.

“We are effectively facing a regional cold war where terrorism has become the principal instrument of projecting influence by some states against others. As a consequence, there is no universal appreciation of the grave danger, which terrorism poses to regional stability and international peace and security,” he said.

“That is why to be effective, I propose that each region assess the set of threats terrorism poses to their security and development and then agree to draft and implement a joint a counter-terrorism action plan.”

The CEO said there isn’t much difference in the officially stated regional definition of what constitutes terrorism and how to counter it.

“Looking at how India, China, Pakistan, Iran, and others have defined terrorism, one can see that there isn’t much difference in their individual definitions of the threat,” Abdullah said.

“Each of our neighbors has an elaborate counter-terrorism national action plan backed by strong counter-terrorism legislation. And at the regional level, terrorism has been often acknowledged to be a common enemy of all of us.”

He went on to say that the Heart of Asia Process, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and the South Asian Association Regional Cooperation (SAARC), are the appropriate mechanisms, through which the region could organize collective efforts in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and other such threats. -KP

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