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Dark Net Becoming New Medium To Spread Terrorism, Radical Material: Amit Shah

Union Minister Amit Shah said that India condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and we believe that no reason can justify an act, such as taking innocent lives

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The dark net is becoming a new medium to spread terrorism and radical material and to stop it we have to work for a joint strong operational system, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday.

While speaking at the 'no money for terror' ministerial conference on global trends in terrorist financing and terrorism in New Delhi, he maintained that 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. He said that we need to understand the patterns of these dark net activities and find their solutions.

He also said that to achieve the goal of "no money for terror" the principle of 'one mind- one approach' has to be adopted.

Shah said that India condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and we believe that no reason can justify an act, such as taking innocent lives. 

While expressing his sympathy for the victims of terrorist attacks all over the world, he said that we should never compromise with this evil.

The minister said that India has been a victim of terrorism for several decades, which is sponsored from across the border. 

He said that Indian security forces and civilians have had to deal with incidents of extremely serious terrorist violence perpetrated in a sustained and coordinated manner. 

Shah said that the international community has a collective approach that terrorism must be condemned in all its forms, but, the forms and manifestations of terrorism are continuously evolving due to technological revolution. 

He said that today, terrorists and terrorist groups understand the nuances of modern weapons and information technology and the dynamics of the cyber and financial space very well and use them. 

He said that this transformation of terrorism from "Dynamite to Metaverse" and "AK-47 to Virtual Assets" is definitely a matter of concern for the countries of the world, and, we all have to work together to formulate a common strategy against it. 

Shah added that we also recognise that the threat of terrorism cannot and should not be linked to any religion, nationality, or group.

To confront terrorism, Shah said that we have 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, radicalize youth and raise financial resources.

Without taking any names, Shah also said that unfortunately, there are countries that seek to undermine, or even hinder, our collective resolve to fight terrorism. 

He said that we have seen that some countries protect and shelter terrorists and protecting a terrorist is equivalent to promoting terrorism. 

"It will be our collective responsibility that such elements never succeed in their intentions. Shri Shah said that after August 2021, the situation in the South Asian region has changed and the regime change and the growing influence of Al Qaeda & ISIS have emerged as a significant challenge to regional security," the minister stated.

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