18 Mar '17, 5pm
India pushes for Commonwealth disqualification if any member state supports terror
India on Friday pushed for including “sustained support for terrorism and radical extremism” as one of the grounds for disqualification of a member state from the Commonwealth. There are currently eight grounds on which the Commonwealth can take action against a member country, including violation of democratic values and good governance. At the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meet in London, India stressed that this must be expanded to nine, to include “sustained support for terrorism and radical extremism”, an official source said. India was also successful in keeping action against Bangladesh off the agenda against Pakistan’s concerted efforts at the CMAG meeting, where India is being represented by minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar. “In a way, this was a big victory. There was an attempt to bring Bangladesh on to the agenda (for alleged human...