India at UN says terrorism threats in its neighborhood are exacerbated by political developments in Afghanistan
“We have consistently highlighted the threat of terrorism in our neighborhood. These security fears have been further exacerbated by the evolving political situation in Afghanistan. The monitoring team’s report is concerning as it highlights that Afghanistan has the potential to become a haven for al-Qaeda and a number of terrorist groups,” India’s permanent representative to the UN said on Wednesday (local time) during the UNSC briefing on the “threat to peace and to international security caused by terrorist acts”.
“The 14th report of the Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIL (Daesh) to international peace and security also highlights the near doubling of the strength of ISIL-Khorasan, following the release by the Taliban several thousand people imprisoned. In its 12th report, the SG pointed out that Shahab al-Muhajir, the leader of ISIL-K, also maintained family ties with the banned Haqqani network. The Taliban Sanctions Committee report recognizes the continued links between the Taliban, including through the Haqqani Network, and Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups in our neighborhood,” the representative said.
He also said that it is essential not to lose sight of the ease with which the banned network Haqqani, with the support of his patron state, has worked with leading terrorist organizations like Al-Qaida, ISIL-K, etc
“We have reiterated the close ties between proscribed terrorist entities under the 1267 sanctions regime such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and other terrorist groups, including the Jaish-e-Mohammad. However, despite the repeated reporting of these concerns , the SG report has We hope that in future iterations of these reports, contributions from all Member States will be treated equally and that an evidence-based and credible benchmark will be applied by its authors”, Tirumurti said.
Stressing that the signs of re-emergence of ISIL/Daesh in Syria and Iraq call for urgent action by the international community, Tirumurti said New Delhi reiterates that terrorists cannot be defeated nor by forming alliances with non-sovereign entities nor by pursuing narrow objectives. political agendas.
“Today terrorists’ use of ICT, social media, emerging technologies such as new digital payment methods, encrypted messaging services, cryptocurrencies, crowdfunding platforms, Unmanned aircraft etc. pose a dynamic threat to which most member states do not have adequate response capabilities,” Tirumurti said.
He pointed out that global expert bodies such as the Financial Action Task Force have raised serious concerns about the financing of terrorism. “We have recently witnessed terrorist attacks by drones in our neighborhood and now in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which have been strongly condemned by the Security Council. The Council’s recent resolution 2617 takes note of this threat posed by unmanned aircraft systems. We must work together to develop appropriate solutions and evolve global standards to address these threats.”
The representative also reiterated Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar’s 8-point plan of action in this Council: “Call on the political will: don’t justify terrorism. Do not glorify terrorists. No double standards. Terrorists are terrorists. do not place blocks and holds on registration requests for no reason. Discourage exclusivist thinking – against false priorities. Enlist and withdraw from the list objectively, and not for political or religious considerations. Recognize the link to organized crime. Support and strengthen the FATF. Provide greater funding to the UN’s counter-terrorism efforts.”