India criticizes China and Pakistan for double standards on terrorism at UNSC

At the United Nations Security Council meeting on terrorism on Tuesday, India criticized China and Pakistan, accusing them of having “double standards” and “hypocrisy” over the matter.

“It is most regrettable that genuine and evidence-based listing proposals about some of the most notorious terrorists in the world are being placed on hold,” India’s ambassador to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj, said about the “practise of placing holds and blocks on listing requests without giving any justification.”

Earlier this year, China blocked Abdul Rehman Makki, the 2nd leader of the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, from being listed by the UN.

Makki has been placed technically on hold by China for six months. Maulana Masood Azhar of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) was previously placed on hold by Beijing, and it took New Delhi ten years to add him to the UN’s list of terrorists.

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Ambassador Ruchira states, “The credibility of the sanctions regime has reached an all-time low due to double standards and ongoing politicization. We hope that sooner rather than later, when it comes to this group effort against international terrorism, all UNSC members will be able to speak with one voice.”

It is significant to note that the terrorist discussion will occur under China’s one-month UNSC chairmanship.

About Pakistan, the ambassador drew attention to the “state hospitality” extended to terrorists in a “neighbouring nation despite being designated under the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee.”

One of the greatest numbers of Pakistanis is listed as foreign terrorists by the UN’s 1267 committee.

Some of those responsible for terror strikes in India, such as the 26/11 Mumbai terror assault, include Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, and Zaki your Rehman Lakhvi.

For several of them, Islamabad has petitioned the UNSC for allowances. “Such hypocrisy.. when the danger of terrorism looms big in each of our nations,” she pleaded with the world community.

The UN’s counter-terror committee will hold a special meeting in Mumbai and Delhi on October 28 and 29, the ambassador announced during her speech.

The meeting will focus on the nature of the threat, member states’ capacity gaps, best practices, and exploring the additional course of action to deal with this threat effectively. India leads the Counter-Terrorism Committee.

She also brought up the recent assaults on the Gurudwara in Kabul, describing them as “very disturbing” during her speech.

As a result of the many assaults in Afghanistan on Sikhs and Gurudwaras, many members of the minority population have fled to India in search of safety.

The ambassador stressed “the links between organizations named by the UNSC, such as the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed, as well as inflammatory remarks made by other terrorist groups operating out of Afghanistan constitute a direct danger to the peace and security of the area.”

India expressed its hope that in “future iterations of the SG’s reports, contributions from all member states will be addressed on the same basis” in response to criticism of the Secretary General’s report on the risks presented by the Islamic State for “selective screening.”

Numerous terror organizations in the area, “particularly those that have been regularly attacking India,” were not included in the study.