“The dark net is being used by terrorists to spread radical content and conceal their identities. Additionally, there is an increase in the use of virtual assets like cryptocurrency. We need to understand the patterns of these dark net activities and find their solutions,” Shah said while chairing the first session of the third NMFT ministerial conference on ‘Global Trends in Terrorist Financing and Terrorism’.
Referring to the regime change in Afghanistan in August 2021, the minister said the situation in the south Asian region has changed with the growing influence of al-Qaeda and IS posing significant challenge to regional security. Along with Qaeda, outfits such as LeT and JeM continue to spread terror, he said.
Calling for a “one mind, one approach” in cracking down on terror, Shah, said, “We recognise the threat of terrorism can’t and shouldn’t be linked to any religion, nationality or group.”
Pak on mind, Shah flags terror-backers’ ‘double-speak’
Speaking at the NMFT ministerial conference on terror financing here on Friday, home minister Amit Shah said, “Terrorists and terror groups now understand the nuances of modern weapons, information technology and the dynamics of the cyber and financial space well. The forms and manifestations of terrorism are continuously evolving due to technological revolution.”
He said India has made significant progress in fortifying the security architecture, as well as the legal and financial systems. He stated that in spite of this, terrorists are constantly finding new ways to carry out violence, radicalise youth and raise financial resources.
“However, we have seen that some countries protect and shelter terrorists. We should never ignore terrorists’ safe havens or their resources. We also have to expose double-speak of such elements,” he said in an apparent reference to Pakistan.
“India believes effective strategy to deal with terrorism is international coordination, real-time and transparent cooperation among nations,” Shah said.