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India calls for united anti-terror fight at defence summit with China

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh highlighted the need to fight terrorism unitedly in the light of terrorists using new methods like "social media and crowdfunding" at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Defence Ministers meeting that began in New Delhi.

"We should unitedly fight terrorism. If SCO has to emerge stronger, we have to fight together. Terror groups are using new methods like social media and crowdfunding," said Singh. The Defence Minister further stated that India is fully committed to making SCO stronger, contributing to the implementation of SCO's mandate.

"India is fully committed to making SCO stronger, contributing to the implementation of SCO's mandate and facing our common challenges," added Singh.

Notably, United Nations proscribed Pakistani terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has been seen openly collecting funds in Peshawar, according to several accounts.

Meanwhile, Pakistan attended the SCO Defence Ministers' Meeting in virtual mode.

India as the Chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in 2023 is hosting the SCO Defence Ministers' Meeting in New Delhi. SCO is an intergovernmental organization established in 2001. The SCO membership includes Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan besides India.

(ANI)

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