Bharat slams UN terrorism report for ignoring Afghanistan as Islamic State hub

Bharat said he was surprised that the UN Secretary-General’s latest report on the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Daesh, to peace and security organizations chose to disregard the activities of several proscribed groups in the region, particularly those repeatedly targeting Bharat.

At a United Nations Security Council briefing on “threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts” held in New York on Tuesday, Bharat’s permanent representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj, pointed out that the immediate vicinity of Bharat had also witnessed a wave of terror. incidents recently.

“The series of attacks on religious places of minority communities, including the recent attack on the Sikh Gurudwara on June 18 in Kabul followed by another bomb explosion near the same Gurudwara on July 27, is alarming to say the least. “, said Ambassador Kamboj.

“Recent findings from the 1988 Sanctions Committee Monitoring Team Report indicate a significant increase in ISIL-K’s presence in Afghanistan and its ability to carry out attacks. ISIL-K, believed to be based in Afghanistan, continues to issue threats of terrorist attacks against other countries,” she added.

Bharat said the links between the UNSC-listed groups such as the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed, as well as the provocative statements made by other terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan, constitute a direct threat to peace and stability in the region.

“India has suffered from the threat of terrorism for decades and has learned to counter this threat with determination and firmness. We hope that the international community will remain united to face this threat to humanity with zero tolerance,” said Kamboj, who recently took up her post as Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in New York – the first woman to hold this position.

New Delhi has also called for “concrete progress” to ensure that these terrorists, entities or their banned aliases do not receive any support, tacit or direct, from terrorism sanctuaries, which are also based in the same region.

“Given this context, it is disconcerting to us that the SG’s report chose to ignore the activities of several banned groups in this region, particularly those that have repeatedly targeted India. Selective screening of Member States’ contributions is unnecessary. We hope that in future iterations of the SG’s reports, contributions from all Member States will be treated on an equal footing,” Kamboj commented.

Citing details from the UN Secretary-General’s report under consideration, she pointed out that it highlights the fact that terrorist groups linked to ISIL and Al-Qaeda are growing stronger in Africa, targeting civilians, particularly women and children, as well as security forces. and UN peacekeepers.

“The expansion of ISIL in Africa deserves the full attention of the international community to ensure that this threat is not seen in isolation, as it could also spread to other parts of the world,” said Kamboj.

Drawing on suggestions from External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, given last year on the joint fight against terrorism, the Indian diplomat made five observations.

The first was to counter the growing use of the Internet and social media platforms to spread extremist propaganda, and the growing use of new technologies to move and store funds, including virtual assets, online exchanges and wallets. As Chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, Bharat will host a special in-person session in Mumbai and Delhi on October 28-29, outlining the nature of the threat and how to deal with it effectively.

Second, Kamboj said, political will is needed to defeat terrorism and there should be no double standards in the treatment of terrorists. “There can be no justification for terrorist acts, much less the glorification of terrorists, a trend that we have unfortunately seen in recent years in some parts of the world,” she said.

Third, Bharat called for effective functioning of sanctions committees, forcing them to become more transparent, accountable and objective. “It is very regrettable that genuine, evidence-based nominations for some of the world’s most notorious terrorists are being suspended. Double standards and continued politicization have taken the credibility of the sanctions regime to rock bottom,” Kamboj said.

Fourth, the Indian Ambassador said that the links between terrorism and organized crime must be addressed. She mentioned that Bharat had “first-hand experience” of crime syndicates venturing into terrorism and, immediately afterwards, secured state hospitality in a neighboring country despite being listed on the Sanctions Committee 1267 of the UNSC. “Such hypocrisy must be collectively denounced, as the threat of terrorism looms large in each of our countries,” Kamboj said.

Finally, Bharat called for providing greater financial support and adequate resources to the United Nations Office for Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) from the United Nations regular budget. Bharat has supported these efforts by providing financial support and resources to the Bureau’s programs aimed at countering the financing of terrorism and preventing terrorist movements.

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