India on November 20 at the United Nations (UN) said that as peace process and violence cannot go together, therefore for durable peace in Afghanistan there must be "an end to terrorist safe havens and sanctuaries operating across the Durand Line".
While speaking during Arria Formula Meeting at the UN on the theme "What can the Security Council do to support the peace process in Afghanistan", TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations urged the Security Council to speak "unequivocally against violence and terrorist forces" and act against the terrorist sanctuaries and safe-havens.
He said, "Even as we meet today, fighting continues in Afghanistan in several areas across the country.
Reports are coming in of civilians, including children and women, killed or injured in the violence.
Terrorist attacks continue to target innocents and institutions of learning." "It is our view that peace process and violence cannot go hand in hand, and we call for immediate comprehensive ceasefire.
For durable peace in Afghanistan, we have to put an end to terrorist safe havens and sanctuaries operating across the Durand Line.
The report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team under the Al-Qaeda/Da'esh Sanctions Committee has also highlighted the presence of foreign fighters in Afghanistan.
For violence to end in Afghanistan, these terrorist supply chains must be broken," he added.
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India began its eighth tenure as a non-permanent member in the United Nations Security Council on 4th January, 2021. A flag installation ceremony was held to formalise the term. Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador T. S. Tirumurti said that India will be a voice for the developing world and it will not shy away from raising its voice against the common enemies of humanity like terrorism. India will be chairing 3 key subsidiary bodies of Taliban sanctions committee, Counter Terrorism committee (for 2022) and Libya sanctions committee. Indian foreign secretary Harsh Shringla also participated in an open debate titled "Challenges on maintaining peace and security in fragile contexts." India promises to speak out against terrorism and will offer solutions in matters of international peace and security. India advocates for a permanent UN Security Council seat for African Continent and has condemned the cowardly terror attack in Niger that killed over 100 people.
India on Friday announced that it would be chairing three important committees of the United Nations Security Council during 2021 to 2022. TS Tirumurti, India's envoy to the UN, said the country had been asked to chair three important subsidiary bodies of the Security Council. The committees include - Taliban sanctions committee or the 1988 sanctions committee, the counter-terrorism committee and the Libya sanctions committee. India began its 8th term as a non-permanent member of the UNSC on January 4 with the stated objective of raising its voice against terrorism, speaking for the developing world and bringing solutions to matters of global peace and security. India won the eighth term in an election last June securing 184 of the 192 votes cast. It was last on the council in a two-year term ending 2012.
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As India will chair 3 key subsidiary bodies of UN Security Council, including the Libya Sanctions committee also called the 1970s sanction committee, TS Tirumurti informed that India will assume the chair of this committee when there is an international focus on Libya and on the peace process. "The Libya sanctions committee also called the 1970s sanction committee is very important subsidiary body of the council which implements the sanction regime including a two way arms embargo on Libya and assets freeze and travel ban on elicit export of petroleum and etc. We will be assuming the chair of the Libya Sanctions Committee at a critical juncture when there is an international focus on Libya and on the peace process," said Permanent Representative of India at United Nations Security Council, TS Tirumurti.
India asserted there must not be any ‘ifs and buts’ in fight against terrorism. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that countries must not countenance double standards in this battle and ‘terrorists are terrorists, there are no good and bad ones’. Speaking at the United Nations Security Council open debate on "International Cooperation in combating terrorism 20 years after the adoption of 1373", he said there are countries that are clearly guilty of aiding and supporting terrorism and willfully provide financial assistance and safe heavens. He said, “However, there are also other states that are clearly guilty of aiding and supporting terrorism, and willfully provide financial assistance and safe-havens. While we must enhance capacities of the former, the international community must collectively call out the latter and hold them accountable.” Watch the full video for more.
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During UNSC's Open Debate on January 12, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar took a stand against states which support and aid terrorism, he asked the international community to collectively call out such states and hold them accountable. Dr S Jaishankar said, "Some states lack legal/operational frameworks and technical expertise to detect, investigate and prosecute terrorist financing cases. However, there are other states that are guilty of aiding and supporting terrorism and provide financial assistance, safe havens. While we must enhance the capacities of the former, the international community must collectively call out the latter and hold them accountable." He further listed out points to curb terrorism."We must summon up political will to combat terrorism. There must be no ifs and buts in the fight. Nor should we allow terrorism to be justified and terrorists glorified. All members must fulfill the obligations enshrined in international counter-terrorism instruments. We must not countenance double standards in this battle. Terrorists are terrorists; there are no good and bad ones. Those who propagate this distinction have an agenda and those who cover up for them are just as culpable," said EAM Jaishankar, further listing out points to curb terrorism.
Delhi police put up 'wanted terrorist' posters ahead of Republic Day in Connaught Place. Alleged operatives of Khalistani groups and Al Qaeda were named in posters. Just days earlier, the government had raised Khalistani threat in the Supreme Court. “We have inputs that some terrorist organisations including Khalistani outfits and Al-Qaeda may carry out unwanted activities on January 26. Keeping this in mind, we have taken a few steps including putting up posters of wanted terrorists,” said Siddharth Jain, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) for Connaught Place. The government told the Supreme Court that a banned Khalistani group was backing the protesting farmers. Attorney General Kk Venugopal said that Khalistanis had infiltrated the protest. Many farmers are camping at Delhi's borders seeking repeal of the three farm laws. Protesting farmers are planning a 'disciplined' tractor rally in Delhi on January 26. Watch the full video for more.
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Delhi Police has placed posters of terrorists affiliated with Khalistani outfits and Al-Qaeda at Connaught Place after receiving "inputs that some terrorist organisations including Khalistani outfits and Al-Qaeda may carry out unwanted activities" on Republic Day. "We have inputs that some terrorist organisations including Khalistani outfits and Al-Qaeda may carry out unwanted activities (on Jan 26). Keeping this in mind, we have taken a few steps including putting up posters of wanted terrorists," said Siddharth Jain, ACP Connaught Place, Delhi.