Hinduphobia and acts of religious hatred against Sikhism and Buddhism must be recognized by the The United Nationssaid India’s envoy to the intergovernmental body, The Hindu reported. “Violent nationalism” and “right-wing extremism” should not be included in the definition of terrorism, he added.
TS Tirumurti, India’s permanent representative to the United Nations, made the statement on Tuesday during the International Counter-Terrorism Conference 2022 organized by the Delhi-based think tank, the Global Counter-Terrorism Council, reported PTI.
Tirumurti is also Chairman of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee for 2022.
He said the 7th review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in June 2021, only highlighted phobias against Islam, Christianity and Islam. Judaism.
“The emergence of contemporary forms of religiophobia, particularly anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist and anti-Sikh phobias, is a matter of grave concern and needs [the] the attention of the UN and all member states to deal with this threat,” he said, according to The Hindu.
Tirumurti added that national or regional narratives should not be part of the global discourse.
“It is important to understand that in democracies, the right and the left are part of the political system mainly because they come to power through a ballot that reflects the majority will of the people and also because democracy, by definition , contains a wide range of ideologies and beliefs,” he said.
“Perpetrators of the 1993 bombing in Pakistan”
The crime syndicate behind the 1993 Mumbai bombings enjoys five-star hospitality in Pakistan, Tirumuti said, PTI reported.
The envoy’s remarks allegedly concerned fugitive mobster Dawood Ibrahim, who is believed to be in Pakistan.
In August 2020, Ibrahim was among 88 terrorists listed in a statutory regulatory order by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry. However, the country later denied that the listing amounted to an acknowledgment that the fugitive mobster was on its territory.
Tirumurti also claimed that al-Qaeda’s ties with Pakistani terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed have grown stronger over time, PTI reported.
The UN envoy said the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States marked a “turning point” in India’s approach to terrorism. The attacks, Tirumurti said, underscored that the threat of terrorism was universal and could only be defeated through collective efforts.
“Therefore, the era of classifying terrorists as ‘your terrorist’ and ‘my terrorist’ was over,” he said. “Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations must be condemned and there can be no exception or justification for any act of terrorism, regardless of the motivations behind such acts, and where, when and by whomever.
On October 21, the global counter-terrorism watchdog Financial Action Task Force placed Pakistan on its “grey list” for non-compliance with a counter-terrorism action plan. The gray list includes countries that are subject to increased surveillance.
The task force noted that Pakistan reportedly did not prosecute members of UN-designated terrorist groups, including Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar.