India has always been capable of meeting challenges like terrorism: Reddy

New Delhi: Calling terrorism a curse for any civilized society and the biggest obstacle to modern development, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kishan Reddy on Tuesday said that India has always been capable of meeting such challenges.

He outlined the importance of National Investigating Agency (NIA) in the context of detailed investigation of terrorist incidents and said that the organization was vital to ensure national security.

Addressing the National Conference of Chiefs of ATS/STFs organized by the NIA, Mr Reddy said, “The NIA has registered 286 serious terrorism cases during its tenure of 10 years since its inception. Out of these, professional investigation of 210 cases has been successfully submitted in the NIA Special Courts.”

He noted that the success achieved by NIA in such a short time and the work it has done in the field of counter-terrorism has emerged as a veritable signature.

The minister also congratulated the NIA for exposing Pakistan’s role in Pathankot, Uri, Banihal and Handwara cases of terrorist attacks and in the manufacturing and circulation of fake Indian currency.

“India’s national security challenges were functions of its unique geography, diversity and regional as well as global developments,” he added.

Giving the example of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Reddy said that the state of Jammu and Kashmir, despite being in India, was acting as a separate sovereign state due to disruptive and separatist activities.

He added that the government has merged the state of Jammu and Kashmir with India by removing Article 370.

He noted that with the abrogation of Article 370, the government has succeeded in crushing cross border sponsored terrorism and there would be all-round development of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh.

He further said that the biggest challenge before the government was to ensure a peaceful environment in the country so that the fruits of development reach everyone.

He noted that ‘our internal and external adversaries are keenly watching the remarkable development of India and want to disrupt the journey of this development’, and urged the officers present to be mindful of this fact. He called Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism and jihadi terrorism the biggest external security challenge for the country.

The minister flagged the increasing use of cyberspace by terrorist organizations as an emerging global challenge and noted the role played by NIA in containing this new threat.