New York, October 3: India’s protest at United Nations against Pakistan continues who uses terrorism as its state policy. Notably, India on Monday slammed Pakistan directly and told the United Nations that the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy cannot be tolerated as it urged the world body that the war against terror has to be unrelenting and fought across all fronts.
Addressing a UN committee on "Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism", Yedla Umasankar, legal adviser and first secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN said, "Use of terrorism as an instrument of State Policy cannot be tolerated. Those who have taken recourse to it have invariably suffered themselves proving the age-old dictum that those who play with the sword, shall also perish by it."
Yedla Umasankar further said, "The international community cannot afford selective approaches in dealing with terrorist groups or in dismantling the infrastructure of terrorism. We must step up our collective efforts with real-time cooperation among member states to confront the scourge of terrorism squarely and decisively."
“India remains deeply concerned about the issue of financing terrorism,” the Indian diplomat added. Further India strongly condemned direct or indirect financial assistance given to terrorist groups or individual members thereof by countries or its machinery, to pursue their activities, including in defending the criminal cases involving terrorist acts against them.
"We have been at the forefront of global counter-terrorism efforts and are part of all major global initiatives, including the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)," the Indian official noted. Amidst calls for the draft comprehensive convention to eliminate terrorism to be finalized, Umasankar, in the end, also pointed out that even though India had brought a proposal for a comprehensive convention against terrorism before the General Assembly in?1996, the UN had so far been unable to adopt it due to the issues of definition over who was a terrorist.
However, in the United Nations, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj including other Indian diplomats has exposed Pakistan over terrorism. Interestingly, India has been raising its voice against terrorism since many years in the international community due to which other countries also came united.