“The scourge of terrorism has [already] taken a huge toll on all our societies. It is a cancer that, if not checked, will consume us all. I would like to believe that we have the will and foresight to prevent such an outcome", Singh said.
Inaugurating the fifth Conference of the Association of SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) Speakers and Parliamentarians, the PM explained the neccessity to develop a “culture" in order to resolve problems of the region by the countries themselves, instead of depending on outsiders.
“Others cannot solve our problems for us. The scourge of terrorism has taken a huge toll on all our societies. It is a cancer that, if not checked, will consume us all. I would like to believe that we have the will and foresight to prevent such an outcome," he emphasised.
He complimented Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for her outstanding success in her role as the presiding officer. He said resolving differences and reconciling different viewpoints are what parliaments and their presiding officers do on a daily basis.
“As parliamentarians, you are uniquely placed to help inculcate the sense of a common South Asian destiny in your countries. We would like to see many more exchanges among our parliamentarians," he said.
The PM was glad and happy as the conference will focus on the issue of sustainable development, adding South Asia cannot afford to copy western lifestyles.