Calling on Pakistan for its support for terrorism and China to provide terrorists with cover against sanctions, Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said the international community must not allow terrorism to be justified and terrorists glorified. .
Jaishankar did not name Pakistan or China, but did clarify references to countries.
“We in India saw the crime syndicate responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bombings not only enjoy state protection, but enjoy 5 star hospitality,” he said in one of those references which indicated that Pakistan was hosting Dawood Ibrahim, the crime boss behind the attack that killed 257 people.
In August last year, Pakistan first acknowledged Ibrahim’s presence on its soil after the government imposed sweeping sanctions on 88 banned terrorist groups and their leaders, which also included the name of the underworld that India wanted.
He criticized the double standard advocated by Pakistan and others and said: “Terrorists are terrorists; there are no good and no bad. Those who propagate this distinction have an agenda. cover up are just as guilty. “
As for China, he referred to “the practice of blocking and suspending listing requests for no rhyme or reason which, he said,” must end because it only erodes our collective credibility. “
Beijing for a decade blocked the registration of Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar as an international terrorist by a Council sanctions committee. He was behind several terrorist attacks against India.
Before India succeeded in its nearly 10-year effort to have Azhar designated as a global terrorist at the UN last year, China, Pakistan’s all-weather ally, had repeatedly blocked attempts of New Delhi to put it on the list of the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee. the UNSC.
Jaishankar was 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 ), ” Jaishankar’s first address to the Security Council after India this month began his two-year tenure with the 15-nation body.
The meeting was called by Tunisia, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council this month, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the landmark counterterrorism resolution adopted in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
UNSCR 1373, adopted following the terrorist attacks of September 11, recalls that terrorism continues to be the most serious threat to humanity.
“It not only has a serious impact on human life, but uproots the very foundation of humanity,” Jaishankar said, adding that India has always been at the forefront of global counterterrorism efforts.
Jaishankar proposed an eight-point plan of action for the United Nations system to credibly address the threat of terrorism and ensure effective action. He said the links between terrorism and transnational organized crime should be fully recognized and vigorously addressed.
While calling for the depoliticization of listing individuals and groups as terrorists to impose sanctions, Jaishankar also said: “Proposals in this regard deserve to be considered before being released.”
Pakistan last year attempted to include four Indian nationals on the terrorist list on the UNSC’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee. Pakistan’s attempt was thwarted as the US, UK, France, Germany and Belgium blocked the decision in the Council, as no evidence was provided by Islamabad.
Its eight-point plan begins with a call for the unconditional commitment of all countries to fight terrorism.
Jaishankar suggested that the UN strengthen its cooperation with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which should continue to identify and correct weaknesses in anti-money laundering and terrorist financing mechanisms, he said. he declares.
He said the UN and countries should act against “exclusivist thinking that divides the world and harms our social fabric” that fuels community hatred and leads to radicalization.
“The Council must beware of new terminologies and misleading priorities which can dilute our attention,” he said.
(With contributions from the agency)