“…we must not countenance double standards in this battle. 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,” Jaishankar whereas addressing UNSC Ministerial Meeting twentieth Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1373 (2020) and the institution of the Counter Terrorism Committee : Achievements in worldwide cooperation, challenges and alternatives.
It is not any secret that China has been shielding Pakistan and making an attempt to forestall motion towards it at numerous worldwide boards.
For the UN system to credibly handle the menace of terrorism and guarantee efficient motion, the Minister proposes an eight-point Action Plan.
“First, we must all summon up the political will to 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 fulfill their obligations enshrined in international counter terrorism instruments and conventions,” he stated, including, “…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.” This was clear reference to UNSC anti-terror sanctions committee.
“we must firmly discourage exclusivist thinking that divides the world and harms our social fabric. Such approaches facilitate radicalization and recruitment by breeding fear, mistrust, and hatred among different communities. The Council should be on guard against new terminologies and misleading priorities that can dilute our focus,” the Minister additional instructed. “…enlisting and delisting individuals and entities under the UN sanctions regimes must be done objectively, not for political or religious considerations. Proposals in this regard merit due examination before circulation.”
Referring to Dawood Ibrahim’s presence in Pakistan, the Minister rued, “…linkages between terrorism and transnational organized crime must be fully recognized and addressed vigorously. We, in India, have seen the crime syndicate responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts not just given State protection but enjoying 5-star hospitality.”
Combating terrorist financing will solely be as efficient because the weakest jurisdiction. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) ought to proceed to establish and treatment weaknesses in anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing frameworks. Enhanced UN coordination with FATF could make a giant distinction, the Minister felt.