Addressing a call made by the Intelligence Bureau Chief for stronger laws against terrorism, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the nation must “use relevant provisions” in a “professional and scientific manner” but not link it to any religion. Singh made these points at a national seminar on “Law, Terrorism and Development,” organized jointly by the Indian Council of Jurists, the All-India Bar Association, and the India Legal Information Institute.
Singh reiterated India ’s concerns for different forms of terrorism that “It subverts the economic and financial environment for growth and deprives ordinary people of their basic needs and even livelihood.” Because of the attack on the core of Indian living, Singh said it “necessitates enhanced military and security expenditure.” At the same time, he called for “investigation and prosecution of such cases in a professional and scientific manner” using “relevant provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act to cut off flow of funds to terrorists.”
By sharing information and intelligence across different agencies, Singh says that India can deprive terrorists of “large financial and material resources at their disposal, terrorist groups are able to use modern communication system and state-of-the-art technology to pursue their agenda.” He cautioned, as a “matter of grave concern,” that terrorists are increasingly linking “with
organized crimes like drug trafficking, gun-running and money laundering” to a point where “Terrorism has also emerged as one of the most serious threats to international peace.”