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Jaishankar blasts China and Pakistan at UN for backing cross-border terror

Speaking at the UN General Assembly External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar conveyed a stern message to China and Pakistan stating that nothing can cover up their support to cross-border terrorism (Pic. Courtesy Twitter/@sidhant)

In a stern message to China and Pakistan on Saturday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, no rhetoric, however sanctimonious, can ever cover-up blood stains and nations who defend proclaimed terrorists in the United Nations neither advance their own interests nor their reputation.

Without mentioning Pakistan, Jaishankar, in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly referred to its support to cross-border terrorism and said that “no rhetoric, however sanctimonious can ever cover-up blood stains.”

“The United Nations responds to terrorism by sanctioning its perpetrators. Those who politicize the UNSC 1267 Sanctions regime, sometimes to the extent of defending proclaimed terrorists, do so at their own peril. Believe me, they advance neither their own interests nor indeed their reputation,” Jaishankar stated, in a clear reference to China without actually naming the country.

“Having borne the brunt of cross-border terrorism for decades, India firmly advocates a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach. In our view, there is no justification for any act of terrorism, regardless of motivation,” Jaishankar added.

Resolution 1267 provides for sanctions against individuals and entities that support or finance the acts or activities of ISIL, Al-Qaida, associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities.

Jaishankar invited all the member states of the UN to participate in the Counter-Terrorism Committee in Mumbai and New Delhi.

External Affairs Minister also said that the reforms in Security Council received support from the UN members because they recognized that the current architecture is anachronistic and ineffective.

“It is also perceived as deeply unfair, denying entire continents and regions a voice in a forum that deliberates their future. India is prepared to take up greater responsibilities. But it seeks at the same time to ensure that the injustice faced by the Global South is decisively addressed,” Jaishankar said.

“Our call is to allow serious negotiations on such a critical matter to proceed sincerely. They must not be blocked by procedural tactics. Naysayers cannot hold the IGN process hostage in perpetuity. In these turbulent times, it is essential that the world listens to more voices of reason. And experiences more acts of goodwill. India is willing and able on both counts. We believe and advocate that this is not an era of war and conflict. On the contrary, it is a time for development and cooperation,” he added.

On September 16, China blocked a proposal moved at the United Nations by the US and co-supported by India to designate Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, Sajid Mir as a “global terrorist.”

He is India’s most wanted terrorist and was involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

This is the third time that China has blocked an India-US proposal in recent months after Abdul Rehman Makki, LeT and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader as well as Abdul Rauf Azhar, the brother of Jaish-e Mohammed (JEM) chief Masood Azhar were also protected by Beijing.

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