Focusing on China at UN, India lists eight factors to counter terror

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 12

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar today presented an eight-point action plan to the UN Security Council (UNSC) that included the scrapping of “blocks and holds without any rhyme or reason” on a person or organisation that promoted terrorism.

Jaishankar’s broadside was against China that kept a “hold” on Pulwama attack mastermind Masood Azhar from being designated as international terrorist.

Speaking at the UNSC for the first time during an open debate on “International cooperation in combating terrorism”, he acknowledged that some states didn’t have the legal framework and technical expertise to detect and prosecute terror-financing cases.

“We must enhance their capacities”, but the international committee must call out those guilty of providing safe havens and hold them accountable, he said in a broadside against Pakistan.

The eight points suggested by Jaishankar for effective action against terrorism included: There should be no “ifs and buts” in calling out terrorism; terrorists are terrorists and there is no good or bad distinction; increase the effectiveness of sanctions by removing the practice of “blocks and holds without any rhyme or reason”; discourage exclusivity as it facilitates radicalism and listing and de-listing under the UNSC regime must be objective.

The other points were linkages between terrorism and trans-national organised crime be recognised and addressed vigorously; FATF’s anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing frameworks must be strengthened; and adequate funding should be ensured to UN counter-terrorism bodies.

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