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Sansad TV: Perspective- Countering Terrorism

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Introduction:

India hosted UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee’s two-day meet which was attended by representatives of all 15 UNSC members. Highlighting terror threats from the use of emerging technologies External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said terrorism is still one of the gravest threats to humanity. With China blocking the listing of five Pakistan-based terrorists in recent weeks, Jaishankar and his US counterpart also raised the issue of listing planners of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Indian officials gave the details of the conspiracy and the 26/11 attack in a presentation at the CTC meeting. Drawing parallels between the 2008 Mumbai attacks and 2005 London suicide bombings, British Foreign Secretary called on the international community to starve terror groups of financing groups and said the advent of technology had dramatically changed the nature of attacks and of recruitment by terror groups.

Pakistan and state-sponsored terrorism

  • Pakistan has been accused by neighbouring countries India, Afghanistan and Iran and other nations, such as the United States the United Kingdom, and France of involvement in terrorist activities in the region and beyond.
  • Money is transferred to terror organization via Pakistan army.
  • Pakistan’s tribal region along its border with Afghanistan has been described as a safe haven for terrorists by western media and the United States Defense Secretary. According to an analysis published, Pakistan was, “with the possible exception of Iran, perhaps the world’s most active sponsor of terrorist groups… aiding these groups that pose a direct threat to the United States.
  • Pakistan’s active participation has caused thousands of deaths in the region; all these years Pakistan has been supportive to several terrorist groups despite several stern warnings from the international community
  • The government of Pakistan has been accused of aiding terrorist organisations operating on their soil who have attacked neighbouring India.
  • Pakistan denies all allegations, stating that these acts are committed by non-state actors
  • Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has admitted that Pakistan supported and trained terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in 1990s to carry out militancy in Kashmir From 1979 Pakistan was in favour of religious militancy
  • Many organizations change names and set up other organization to frame that Pakistan is looking into it.

 The importance of combating terrorist financing:

  • Terrorists need money and other assets, for weapons but also training, travel and accommodation to plan and execute their attacks and develop as an organisation.
  • Disrupting and preventing these terrorism-related financial flows and transactions is one of the most effective ways to fight terrorism.
  • Not only can it prevent future attacks by disrupting their material support, the footprints of their purchases, withdrawals and other financial transactions can provide valuable information for ongoing investigations.
  • Countering terrorism financing is therefore an essential part of the global fight against terror threat.
  • As terrorists and terrorist groups continue to raise money with use of various means, countries must make it a priority to understand the risks they face from terrorist financing and develop policy responses to all aspects of it

How it helps India to deal with cross border terrorism:

  • Recent proposal that Pakistan will put back in the list could affect Pakistan’s credit rating. This will adversely impact its ability to raise loans from major international financial institutions to service existing debt. So Pakistan will not have adequate resources to fund terrorism
  • The decisions of the United Nations Financial Action Task Force (FATF)are about using the threat of economic punishment to move Pakistan away from funding terrorists operating against Afghanistan and India
  • Being on the grey list would mean that Pakistan’s transactions are closely monitored. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank too would avoid giving loans to Pakistan.
  • India can now work with multilateral funder institutions to work out how Pakistan is channeling money to terrorism.

Conclusion:

  • India’s support and stand at international forums has been increasing as a continuous process in its fights against terrorism. It shall continue to take a stand firm to control the menace.
  • The world community must address contradictions in the War on Terror. For 20 years, the world has failed to agree on a common definition of terrorism at the United Nations.
  • Unless the world is truly united on the issue and resolves such contradictions, the global War on Terror will only be as strong as its weakest link.
  • The success or failure of each of these approaches must be studied before deciding their applicability elsewhere.