New Delhi: Indirectly slamming Pakistan for its use of non-state actors, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, on Wednesday said that even as the world is busy fighting coronavirus, ‘some’ are busy spreading ‘other deadly viruses like terrorism’. Addressing the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which was also attended by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jaishankar said that ‘fake news and terrorism’ are also being used to divide communities and countries.
“Even as the world fights Covid-19, some are busy spreading other deadly viruses like terrorism. Fake news and doctored videos are also used to divide communities and countries,” Jaishankar said in a video clip he posted on his official Twitter account.
“Due to Covid-19, we have all seen any prospect of growth evaporate before our very eyes. For a society like India, it means that many will not come out of poverty for no fault of theirs. They have little understanding and even less control over why this happened. The crisis has resulted in the disruption of production networks and supply chains reverberating across the globe. It is pertinent for SCO member states to jointly identify and sustain new means of economic growth,” he further said.
On his Twitter handle, Qureshi said, “Emphasised pandemic recognises no state, gender, religious or ethnic boundaries & condemned state-sponsored terrorism. Called on members to reject xenophobic ideologies including Islamophobia used as a political tool to shift blame, malign & victimize any country/religion.”