Jaishankar stressed that the international community must not “accept double standards” in the fight against terrorism.
Urging members of the UN Security Council not to make false distinctions between “good” terrorists and “bad” terrorists, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar made indirect references to China and Pakistan for delaying the process of designating terrorist individuals and entities, as well as for failing to stop terrorist financing. In a speech to the UNSC that called a session to mark the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the 1373 counterterrorism resolution after the September 11 attacks in the United States, Jaishankar called for “zero tolerance to terrorism”.
“The practice of blocking and suspending registration requests without rhyme or reason must end. This only erodes our collective credibility, ”Jaishankar told UNSC members, referring to a number of blockages and preventing China from appointing Pakistan-based terrorists, including leader Jaish e Mohammad Masood Azhar, before agreeing to submit it to UNSC sanction 1267. list in May 2019.
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Without directly identifying Pakistan, Mr. Jaishankar also referred to states which are “manifestly guilty of aiding and supporting terrorism, and voluntarily providing them with financial aid and safe havens”, and in a reference to the underworld donation and financial of terrorism Dawood Ibrahim, spoke of “5 star treatment” he enjoys in Pakistan.
“In India, we saw the crime syndicate responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bombings not only enjoy state protection, but also enjoy 5-star hospitality,” Jaishankar said, listing an eight-point “action plan” to “Combat the threat of terrorism.
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Mr Jaishankar also called for “enhanced United Nations coordination with the FATF”, just as a meeting of the FATF Asia-Pacific Joint Group (APJG) began, which will review Pakistan’s performance in the fight against terrorist financing and money laundering, and will make recommendations to the FATF plenary body on whether to continue to keep it on its gray list next month.
“The fight against terrorism is a priority for India during this term and looks forward to contributing to the meeting which aims not only to identify emerging trends, but also to lay the groundwork for common priorities that will shape future multilateral action.” in the field of the fight against terrorism. Sources said, explaining the background to the speech.
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India has been invited to chair three important committees, including the Taliban Sanctions Committee, Counterterrorism Committee, and Libya Sanctions Committee during her tenure at the UNSC. Dismissing reports that India has been “excluded” from the other important 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee which is essential for terrorist lists in Pakistan, an official told The Hindu that for India, it was the Taliban sanctions committee that was a priority, as it gives India a role in the peace process in Afghanistan. The official also stressed that it is significant that India was chosen to chair the committee, which normally falls to a “non-neighbor” to chair.
The speech, during the UNSC’s public debate on “International Cooperation in the Fight Against Terrorism 20 Years After the Adoption of 1373”, marked the first intervention by the Minister of External Affairs since India began her tenure as two years on the Security Council, alongside ministers from other countries. countries elected with India: Estonia, Ireland, Mexico and Norway.
Speaking at the same event, the UK and US also spoke of the growing threat of “right-wing terrorism” and “racially and ethnically motivated attacks,” the US representative announcing that the US had designated a “white supremacist group” as a globally designated terrorist entity for the first time last year.