External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has underscored the need to combat terrorism and had sent a “very strong” signal to Pakistan to stop using it as an instrument of state policy. Swaraj who was in New York to attend the annual UN General Assembly session recently, held a series of multilateral meetings underscoring the need to combat terrorism. External Affairs Ministry has been conveying the world powers about Pakistan’s nefarious designs and has used every platform successfully. The resultant effect is that today world understands the terror and its industry supported by the Islamic countries. The message basically is a very strong signal to Pakistan to stop using terrorism as an instrument of state policy and stop giving sanctuaries to known terrorist outfits that are recognised by the United Nations. Swaraj also called for disruption of terrorist networks and terror financing. India has stressed for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council and to increase representation of developing countries. During the meeting, Swaraj gave an account of the initiatives which have been launched by India as part its regional policy. There is commonality of agreement regarding terrorism as a scourge a threat to humankind and Pakistan as usual was silent on India’s assertions. Foreign policy is one area where the Modi government has performed reasonably well. New Delhi is now viewed very differently compared to just three years back. Modi has asserted Indian interests in a way that few had anticipated when he had assumed office given his lack of experience on the foreign policy front. He has upped India’s profile in global affairs, something even his critics will have to give him credit for. Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the same platform had emphasised that terrorism remains the “primary source of instability and the biggest threat to our societies” and countries and the supplies chains have a global reach. India’s deepened ties with a number Asia-Pacific countries have clear implications for its role within the BRICS.