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India at UNSC: Don’t Justify Terrorism, Don’t Glorify Terrorists

On Tuesday, January 12, India’s foreign minister S. Jaishankar proposed an eight-point action plan at the UNSC to ensure effective action against the problem of terrorism. Without naming either of them, the minister slammed Pakistan and China for their protectionist policies against terrorism.
|| Shubh Mathur

Speaking at the UNSC ministerial meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts: ‘International cooperation in combating terrorism 20 years after the adoption of resolution 1373 (2001)’, he said, “First, we must all summon up the political will to unhesitatingly combat terrorism. There must be no ifs and buts in this fight. Nor should we allow terrorism to be justified and terrorists glorified. All member states must fulfil their obligations enshrined in international counter-terrorism instruments and conventions.”

The minister took a jibe at Pakistan for shielding terrorists. Indirectly hinting at D-company and its head Dawood Ibrahim, he said, “We, in India, have seen the crime syndicate responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts not just given State protection but actually enjoying 5-star hospitality.”

Pakistan recognised the presence of Ibrahim on its soil for the first time in August last year after the government placed sweeping sanctions on 88 outlawed terrorist groups and their leaders, which also included the name of the underworld don which India has been pursuing.

In a subtle remark against China’s internal policy, he asserted that the international community must not “countenance double standards” in the battle against terrorism.

“Terrorists are terrorists; there are no good and bad ones. Those who propagate this distinction have an agenda. And those who cover up for them are just as culpable,” he said.

It is notable that China had earlier blocked a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar even though he heads an organization already designated by a UNSC sanctions committee.

“Accordingly, we must reform the working methods of the Committees dealing with Sanctions and Counter-Terrorism. Transparency, accountability and effectiveness are the need of the day. The practice of placing blocks and holds on listing requests without any rhyme or reason must end. This only erodes our collective credibility,” he said in reference to China’s attempt to block a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar even though he heads an organisation already designated by a UNSC sanctions committee.

Jaishankar also talked about strengthening and supporting FATF. He said that the organisation should continue to identify and cure anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing frameworks. He added that adequate funding to UN counter-terrorism bodies from the UN regular budget called for immediate action.

The minister urged the international community to enhance the capacities of the states which lack the legal and operational frameworks and technical expertise required to detect and prosecute terrorist financing cases and, on the other hand, hold accountable whose who aid terrorism and provide safe havens.

UNSC resolution 1373 was passed in the aftermath of 9/11 attacks on US soil. India’s comments came after it was given the non-permanent status at UNSC on January 1, 2021.

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