‘Some countries subvert collective resolve to fight terrorism’: Jaishankar’s veiled attack on Pakistan at UNSC | India News

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NEW DELHI: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Thursday trained his guns on Pakistan and made veiled remarks about China during his address at the UN Security Council.
Jaishankar, who chaired a briefing on ‘Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts’ in New York, highlighted India’s concerns about terrorism and spoke about the fast-evolving situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover.
Here are the highlights of his address
‘LeT, JeM continue to operate with impunity, encouragement’
Jaishankar said that Pakistan-based terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) continue to operate with both impunity and encouragement.
“It is, therefore, vital that this Council does not take a selective, tactical or even a complacent view of the problems we face,” he said.
Jaishankar recalled the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Pathankot air base and Pulwama attacks carried out by the Pakistan-based terrorists.
Without naming Pakistan, where proscribed UN terrorists and terror groups enjoy safe haven and state support, the external affairs minister said, “We must never countenance sanctuaries for terrorists or overlook their raising of resources.
“Unfortunately, there are also some countries who seek to undermine or subvert our collective resolve to fight terrorism. That cannot be allowed to pass,” he said.
Dig at China
In a swipe at China, Jaishankar told the Council that countries should not place blocks and holds without any reason on requests to designate terrorists.
He warned that any double standards and distinctions between terrorists would be made only at “our own peril”.
His statement was in reference to China repeatedly placing technical holds on bids by India and other nations to designate head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed Masood Azhar.
The United Nations designated Azhar as a global terrorist in 2019 after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him under the Security Council’s Sanctions Committee, slapping an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel ban on him, 10 years after India first moved to have him blacklisted at the UN.
‘Rewards for killings now even being paid in Bitcoins’
Saying that the financial resource mobilisation of ISIS has become more robust, Jaishankar said that the flow of funds has continued for the dreaded terror group and rewards for killings are now even being paid in Bitcoins.
He said the latest report of the Secretary-General has provided another stark reminder that ISIS continues to pose a critical threat to international peace and security.
“ISIL (Daesh) remains active in Syria and Iraq and its affiliates are growing in strength, particularly in Africa. The financial resource mobilization of ISIL (Daesh) has become more robust. The flow of funds has continued and rewards for killings are now even being paid in Bitcoins!” he said.
Jaishankar said the radicalisation of vulnerable youth by systematic online propaganda campaigns remained a serious concern.
He said ISIS’ modus operandi has changed, with the core focusing on regaining ground in Syria and Iraq and affiliates functioning independently.
‘Events unfolding in Afghan have enhanced global concerns’
The external affairs minister also said that events unfolding in Afghanistan have naturally enhanced global concerns about their implications for both regional and international security.
He was referring to the Taliban taking power in the war-torn country, forcing President Ashraf Ghani to flee to UAE.
“Events unfolding in Afghanistan have naturally enhanced global concerns about their implications for both regional and international security,” he said, adding that the heightened activities of the proscribed Haqqani Network justify this growing anxiety.
‘Must discourage exclusivist thinking’
Jaishankar also called for discouraging “exclusivist thinking” and be on guard against new terminologies and false priorities.
He stressed that enlisting and delisting should be done objectively, and not on political or religious considerations.
The international community should also recognise the linkage to organised crime, support and strengthen the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and and provide greater funding to UN Office of Counter Terrorism.
“I call on this Council to collectively build on these principles. It is also important therefore to end the stalemate preventing the adoption of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, which India has championed for so long,” he said.
He stressed that the international community holds a collective view that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations must be condemned.
“There cannot be any exception or any justification for any act of terrorism, regardless of motivations behind such acts. We also recognise that the menace of terrorism cannot be and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group.
“However, in spite of the progress we have made to tighten the legal, security, financing and other frameworks to combat terrorism, terrorists are constantly finding newer ways of motivating, resourcing and executing acts of terror. Unfortunately, there are also some countries who seek to undermine or subvert our collective resolve to fight terrorism. That cannot be allowed to pass,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)

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