The desperate attempts of Pakistan to get two Indian nationals designated as terrorists have failed to generate any result. The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday rejected Pakistan’s claims due to the lack of evidence it could produce to substantiate its claim.
Notably, Pakistan had launched an initiative to designate four Indians as terrorists in 2019. It told the UNSC that they were involved in state-sponsored terrorism. It also alleged that the four men were part of an Afghanistan-based group. The group allegedly helped in organising terror attacks by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.
Several countries opposed Pakistan’s move
The efforts to designate two of them– identified by Pakistan as Venumadhav Dongara and Ajoy Mistry – were rejected by the UNSC in June and July. The rejection came largely because of efforts by the United States, Britain, France and Germany.
Similarly, the move to designate two other Indians identified as Gobinda Patnaik and Angara Appaji were blocked by many countries. These include the US, the UK, Germany, France and Belgium. These countries sought evidence from Pakistan. They asked Pakistan to substantiate its claim, which the latter failed to do.
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In fact, the effort to designate two other Indians – identified by Islamabad as Gobinda Patnaik and Angara Appaji – were initially blocked through a “technical hold” by the US, the UK, Germany, France and Belgium as they wanted Pakistan to provide evidence to back its allegations, the people said.
Pakistan blames India for terrorism
Pakistan has repeatedly sought to rake up what it claims is India’s alleged role in fomenting terrorism on its soil. It raked up the issue at various UN bodies in recent months, but without any takers for its allegations. Additionally, it even made a false claim that its envoy to the UN had delivered a statement at a UN Security Council meeting on terrorism. However, it was later proved to be false.
Some of the Indians that Pakistan had sought to designate as terrorists had been working in Afghanistan in the past.
India thanked UNSC members
India’s permanent representative to the UN, TS Tirumurti, tweeted: “Pakistan’s blatant attempt to politicise 1267 special procedure on terrorism by giving it a religious colour, has been thwarted by UN Security Council. We thank all those Council members who have blocked Pakistan’s designs.”
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