Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar told the UN Security Council on Thursday that the “contemporary epicenter of terrorism” remains very active, while deploring evidence-based proposals to blacklist terrorists being put on hold without sufficient justification , in a covert attack on China and its country. close ally, Pakistan.
S Jaishankar, who chaired the UNSC Briefing: Global Counterterrorism Approach: Challenges and Way Forward, described terrorism as an existential threat to international peace and security and said it knows no borders, nationality or race.
“The threat of terrorism has become even more serious. We have seen the expansion of Al-Qaeda, Da’esh, Boko Haram and Al Shabab and their affiliates,” he said in his address to the Council of 15 Nations.
S Jaishankar, speaking in his national capacity, said that “at the other end of the spectrum are ‘lone wolf’ attacks, inspired by online radicalization and prejudice. But somewhere in all this, we must not forget that old habits and established networks are still alive, especially in South Asia. The contemporary epicenter of terrorism remains very active, whatever gloss is used to minimize the unpleasant reality.”
He was apparently referring to Pakistan, which is accused by its neighbors of harboring terrorists and providing safe havens to various terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban.
S Jaishankar highlighted the specific challenges the counter-terrorism architecture is currently grappling with and stressed the need for double standards in counter-terrorism, leading to concerns about politicization.
“There are no uniform criteria applied when punishing and prosecuting terrorists. Sometimes it seems that the possession of terrorism is more important than its actual execution or its consequences,” he said.
S Jaishankar said that the working methods of relevant mechanisms are also a subject of legitimate concern and debate.
“At some level, we have seen protections that come close to justification. Then there are evidence-based proposals that are put on hold without adequate reason. Conversely, anonymity has even been used to prevent owner becomes of unsustainable cases,” he said.
His remarks were a strong reference to repeated blockades on proposals by India to blacklist terrorists on Pakistani soil in the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committee by permanent member China with veto power.
In the past five months, China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council with veto power, has been waiting for as many list proposals as possible from India and the US to designate Pakistan-based terrorists under the Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee regime towed. .
“We cannot let another ‘9/11 New York’ or ’26/11 Mumbai’ happen again,” said S Jaishankar, who argued that counter-terrorism is a battle in which there is no respite.
“The world cannot afford a lack of attention or tactical compromise. It is above all for the Security Council to lead the global response in this area.” S Jaishankar highlighted four specific challenges the counter-terrorism architecture is currently grappling with, pointing out the issue of terrorist financing and sovereign debt, whether by order or omission.
“The world may no longer be willing to buy into the justifications and cover-ups as it has in the past. We know from bitter experience that terror is terror, whatever the explanation. The question now arises of the responsibilities of the state of whose soil such actions are planned, supported and implemented,” he said.
He underlined the challenge of ensuring the integrity and accountability of multilateral counter-terrorism mechanisms and their working methods. “They are sometimes opaque, sometimes driven by agendas and sometimes pushed without evidence.”
He began his speech by telling the Council that India was confronted with the horrors of cross-border terrorism long before the world took serious notice of it. “In recent decades, we have lost thousands of innocent civilian lives. But we have fought terrorism with determination, courage and a zero-tolerance approach.”
He quoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as stating “we believe that even a single attack is one too many and even a life lost is one too many. So we will not rest until terrorism is eradicated.” Jaishankar said countering threats from the misuse of new and emerging technologies by terrorists “is likely to be the next frontier of our struggle”.
He noted that one of the challenges is “how do we deal with different norms both inside and outside this Council. For too long some have persisted in the belief that terrorism is just another tool or ruse. Those who have invested in terrorism , have such cynicism to continue. Not only is it downright wrong, but it can be downright dangerous, even for the people whose tolerance extends that far.”
“No individual state should attempt to derive political gain from terrorism and none of us collectively should ever accept such calculations. When it comes to countering terrorism, we must overcome political differences and adopt a zero-tolerance approach,” he added please.
Ahead of the meeting, S Jaishankar asked the member state representatives to observe a minute of silence in memory of the victims of terrorism.
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