Linkages between terrorism and organised crime need to be addressed, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj said on Monday. Ruchira Kamboj was speaking at the UN Security Council meeting on ‘Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts’ chaired by China.
“There can be no justification for terrorist acts, much less glorification of terrorists, a tendency we have unfortunately seen in recent years in some parts of the world,” she said. Her remarks were a reference to former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan describing slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden as a martyr.
UN Security Council Briefing on “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts”
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NO DOUBLE STANDARDS IN DEALING WITH TERRORISTS
“There should be no double standards in dealing with terrorists. We should refrain from labelling terrorism based on motivations, which will only allow opportunistic forces to provide justification for certain terror activities based on their convenience,” she said.
She further underlined the need for political will to defeat terrorism.
“In India, we have had first-hand experience of crime syndicates venturing into terrorism and immediately thereafter getting state hospitality in a neighbouring country despite being listed under the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee,” Ruchira Kamboj said.
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CONCERNS OVER ATTACKS ON INDIA’s NEIGHBOURS
“The growing use of the Internet and social media platforms to spread terrorist and violent extremist propaganda has posed challenges. India’s immediate neighbour has also been witness to a spate of terror incidents recently,”India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador said.
“The continued increase in the use of new technologies to move and store funds, including virtual assets, online exchanges and wallets, privacy coins (EACs) and potential misuse of dual-use technologies pose the risk that terrorists will seek to abuse these systems for terrorism-financing and other terror-linked purposes,” she said.
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INDIA TO HOST A SPECIAL SESSION
The Council of India, as the Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) will be hosting a special CTC session in Mumbai and Delhi on October 28-29, “highlighting the nature of this threat, member states’ capacity gaps and best practices and exploring the further course of action to effectively deal with this threat.”
Kamboj said the high-level meeting will be in-person and she invited all Council colleagues to participate in the meeting, saying formal invitations will be issued by the CTC Chair later this month.
(With PTI inputs)
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