'Lashkar, Jaish still operate with impunity, we must never compromise with evil: S Jaishankar at UN briefing
New Delhi/IBNS: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke about India's concern regarding terrorism for the first time at the United Nations Security Council since the Taliban had taken control of Afghanistan and said the world should never compromise with the evil.
"Next month, it will be 20 years since the horrific 9/11 tragedy in New York. We, in India, have of course had more than our fair share of challenges and casualties. The 2008 Mumbai terror attack is imprinted in our memories. The 2016 Pathankot air base attack and the 2019 suicide bombing of our policemen at Pulwama are even more recent. Let me, therefore, express my solidarity with the victims and their families all over the world who have suffered, and continue to suffer, from the scourge of terrorism. We must never compromise with this evil," Jaishankar said in an address at the UNSC in New York.
He said 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 recognize that the menace of terrorism cannot be and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or any ethnic group," he said.
Jaishankar said that despite countries' efforts 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 in an indirect attack to Pakistan and China.
Events unfolding in Afghanistan have naturally enhanced global concerns about their implications for both regional and international security. The heightened activities of the proscribed Haqqani Network justifies this growing anxiety, said the foreign minister.
"Whether it is in Afghanistan or against India, groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed 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. We must never countenance sanctuaries for terrorists or overlook the raising of their resources," he said.
In an apparent dig to China, Jaishankar said, "And when we see state hospitality being extended to those with innocents’ blood on their hands, we should never lack the courage to call out this double-speak. We heard from the briefers of the aggravating attack of the pandemic. What is true of Covid is even more true of terrorism: none of us are safe until all of us are safe."
"In January 2021, when I had an opportunity to address this Council virtually at that time, I had proposed an eight-point action plan for consideration. Let me reiterate some its cardinal principles:
· Summon the political will: don’t justify terrorism, don’t glorify terrorists,
· No double standards. Terrorists are terrorists; distinctions are made only at our own peril,
· Don’t place blocks and holds on listing requests without any reason,
· Discourage exclusivist thinking and be on guard against new terminologies and false priorities,
· Enlist and delist objectively, not on political or religious considerations,
· Recognize the linkage to organized crime,
· Support and strengthen the FATF, and
· Provide greater funding to the UN Office of Counter Terrorism."
He urged the Council to collectively build on these principles.
He reiterated that India has been at the forefront of global counter terrorism efforts, has taken part in all major global initiatives against international terrorism and is party to all United Nations’ sectoral conventions relating to terrorism.
"We were pleased to play our role in strengthening the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy adopted last month. We reiterate our full support for counter terrorism cooperation under the auspices of the UN," the Indian Foreign Minister vowed.
On August 15, Afghanistan saw the Taliban completing a large-scale offensive by seizing the capital of Kabul, which led to the collapse of the US-backed civilian government.