Unequivocally condemning terrorism, Pakistan, India and six other SAARC countries on Thursday underlined the need for effective cooperation among them to combat the menace and decided to establish a cyber crime monitoring desk to stop high-tech illegal activities.
The declaration, adopted by the leaders at the conclusion of 18th SAARC Summit, said, “The leaders directed their respective authorities to ensure full and effective implementation of the SAARC Regional Convention on Suppression of Terrorism and its Additional Protocol, including through enacting necessary legislation at the national level to root out terrorism.”
The eight-member grouping also agreed to establish a cyber crime monitoring desk to check and stop trans-national high-tech illegal activities.
“The leaders unequivocally condemned terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms and manifestations and underlined the need for effective cooperation among the member states to combat them,” the declaration said.
The SAARC leaders also reiterated their call for an early conclusion of a UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.
“They agreed to take effective measures to combat illicit trafficking of narcotics and psychotropic substances, arms smuggling, money laundering, counterfeit currency and other transnational crimes,” it said.