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Pakistan’s Terrorism Statement

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August 27, 2020

Why in news?

India has strongly protested to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over Pakistan’s statement to a special discussion on terrorism.

What is the statement?

  • The statement was Pakistan’s mission to the U.N.
  • It was published as something delivered at an open debate on a report by the U.N. Secretary General.

What are the problems?

  • Undelivered - The statement was never actually delivered.
  • The only countries invited to the discussion were permanent and non-permanent members of the UNSC and officials briefing them.
  • Neither does the UNSC take cognisance of statements by non-participating countries.
  • Allegations against India - The statement appeared to be an exercise by Pakistan in repeating its allegations against India.
  • In the letter, Pakistan’s Ambassador sought to portray Pakistan as a victim of cross-border terrorism.
  • The letter claimed that Pakistan decimated al-Qaeda in the region.
  • The statement listed “four types of terrorism” Pakistan confronts, each of which was attributed to India.

What are the allegations?

  • TTP - The first allegation included some of the attacks in Pakistan carried out by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
  • According to Pakistan, TTP has been funded by an Indian terror syndicate based in Afghanistan.
  • That claim has been rejected by the UNSC in part already.
  • Hired mercenaries - Pakistan claimed that India has hired mercenaries to carry out attacks in Pakistan.
  • Hindutva terrorism - It says that the policies of the Indian government amount to Hindutva terrorism.
  • It gave specific references to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the Ram temple construction.
  • State terrorism - The oft-repeated one is about Indian government actions in Jammu and Kashmir which it refers to as state terrorism.

Does India have to worry about these allegations?

  • India has described these allegations as preposterous and laughable.
  • India need not worry about its reputation, given its acclaimed role in fighting terror and cooperating on the international stage to deny terrorists funding and safe haven.
  • Pakistan has consistently done the opposite.
  • It has been continuously grey-listed at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
  • There are several names of Pakistani terror groups and individuals present in the U.N. terror lists.

What could India do?

  • India should take the Pakistani attempt to build its case seriously.
  • It should pre-empt its larger strategy of painting India in a poor light ahead of its tenure at the UNSC 2021-2022 and the upcoming scrutiny process at the FATF.


Source: The Hindu

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