Amidst the tragic events unfolding in Afghanistan, External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar on Thursday, August 19, chaired a UN Security Council briefing on ‘Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts’. India is currently holding the presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of August.
Speaking at the briefing, EAM Dr. Jaishankar said, “There cannot be any exception or any justification for any act of terrorism, regardless of the motivation behind such acts.”
“Unfortunately, there are some countries who seek to undermine or subvert our collective resolve to fight terrorism. That cannot be allowed to pass,” EAM added.
Addressing the briefing, EAM Dr. S Jaishankar further expressed concern about the worsening security situation in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s taking control of the country. He called on Security Council not to take a selective, tactical, or even a complacement view of the problems we face due to terrorism.
New Delhi further expressed concern about the ‘heightened activities’ of the hardline Haqqani network day after Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani representing Taliban met former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to discuss the security situation in Afghanistan.
“Events unfolding in Afghanistan have naturally enhanced global concern about their implications for both regional and international security. The heightened activities of the proscribed Haqqani network justifies this growing anxiety,” the External Affairs Minister said.
Jaishankar further flagged threats posed by Pakistani-based terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.
“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.”
Addressing the council EAM Dr. S Jaishankar further highlighted a finding from ‘Reports of the Secretary General’ which showed ISIL (Daesh) continues to pose a critical threat to international peace and security.
“ISIL (Daesh) remains active in Syria and Iraq and its affiliates are growing in strength, particularly as we heard from briefers, in Africa. The financial resource mobilization of ISIL (Daesh) has become more robust. The flow of funds has continued and rewards for killings I believe are now even being paid in Bitcoins,” EAM Dr. Jaishankar said.
The members of the Security Council too expressed concern over the alarming expansion of ISIL (Da’esh) in many regions, including in Africa, and acknowledged that the growing influence of ISIL (Da’esh) in Africa may have far-reaching implications for the peace, security, and stability of the region.
During the council briefing, EAM Dr. S Jaishankar again highlighted an eight-point action plan (earlier proposed by him while addressing the Security Council in January 2021) to credibly address the menace of terrorism.
The eight-point action plan-
-Summon the political will
-No double standards
-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.
External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar further reiterated India’s full support for counter-terrorism cooperation under the auspices of the UN.