Foreign Minister Jaishankar criticizes China for terrorist stance at UNSC
In a blow to China, India told the UN Security Council on Thursday that countries should not place “blockades and detentions” without any reason on terrorist designation requests, warning that any double standard and distinction between terrorists would only be made at “our own peril”.
“The international community is of the collective opinion that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations must be condemned. There can be no exception or justification for an act of terrorism, whatever the motives behind such acts, ”Foreign Minister S Jaishankar told the UN Security Council.
Jaishankar, President of the UN Security Council, chaired the UNSC briefing on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
Speaking in his national capacity, Jaishankar alluded to his remarks to the Council made in January this year when he proposed an eight-point action plan to collectively eradicate the scourge of terrorism.
“Invoke political will: don’t justify terrorism, don’t glorify terrorists; No double standard. Terrorists are terrorists; distinctions are made only at our own risk; Don’t block or block registration requests for no reason, ”he said. This was in reference to China, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, which has repeatedly placed technical blocks on offers from India and other countries to designate the leader of the Pakistani militant group Jaish- e-Mohammed Masood Azhar.
“Let us always remember that what is true of Covid is even truer of terrorism: none of us are safe until all of us are safe,” Jaishankar added.
Jaishankar also said that terrorist groups like the LeT and JeM continue to operate with impunity and encouragement.
“In our own immediate neighborhood, ISIL-Khorasan (EIIL-K) has become more energetic and is constantly seeking to expand its footprint. The events unfolding in Afghanistan have naturally heightened global concerns about their implications for regional and international security, ”he said.
“Whether in Afghanistan or against India, groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) continue to operate with impunity and encouragement,” Jaishankar said.
“We in India have of course had more than our fair share of challenges and losses. The terrorist attack in Bombay in 2008 is etched in our memories. The attack on Pathankot Air Base in 2016 and the suicide bombing in 2019 by our police officers in Pulwama are even more recent, ”he said.
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