Pakistan to skip global meet in Delhi on terror funding | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Lack of universal consensus on laws regarding cybercrimes, weak control mechanisms of social media platforms and their misuse by terrorist and extremist groups, dark web and the threats posed by crypto-currency will be among the issues taken up during a two-day international ministerial conference on countering terror financing, beginning here on Friday.
PM Narendra Modi will deliver the inaugural address at the third ‘No Money for Terror’ conference, hosted by the home ministry, which will focus on latest global trends in terror financing, especially the use of formal and informal channels of funds for terrorism and emerging technologies.
Addressing a presser on the eve of the meeting, NIA DG Dinkar Gupta said social media is being used to raise financing, funding or as crowdfunding platforms. “We do have evidence of this kind of thing happening. This is an issue that needs to be discussed because such platforms are being used for raising finances which are being used in terror activities.”
He said while Pakistan and Afghanistan are not participating at the event, a confirmation from China is awaited. Around 78 countries and multilateral organisations are set to participate.
Gupta said terror activities have declined in India during the last eight years in all “theatres of conflicts”, be it J&K, Punjab, the Northeast, or the areas affected by Left Wing Extremism.
Crowdfunding and anonymous, decentralised and untraceable nature of terror financing; effective multilateral and multi-stakeholder approach in identification and mitigation of threats of emerging terror-financing mechanisms; and misuse of non-profit and non-government organisations as front structures for financing terror will also be part of the agenda, officials said.
Gupta made it clear that no country-specific discussion is part of the agenda.
Union home minister Amit Shah will address the concluding session which would be attended by around 450 delegates from across the world. External affairs minister S Jaishankar is also likely to address a session.





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