Oppressing people demanding right to self-determination constitutes state terrorism: Pakistan at UN

Srinagar: Pakistan has warned against politicisation of the United Nations’ counter-terrorism machinery, saying such a course would only compromise the integrity of the system.

“It is important that current structures like FATF (Financial Action Task Force) and the 1267 Sanctions regimes are not used as political tools by some to advance their geopolitical goals,” Ambassador Dr Maleeha Lodhi told the UN Security Council on Thursday, The News reported.

“There is also a need to make these institutions more inclusive of the wider membership in their decision-making processes,” she added. The Pakistani envoy was speaking in a debate on “Preventing and Combating the Financing of Terrorism,” a day after the United States bypassed the Security Council’s 1,267 Sanctions Committee and circulated to the Council’s 15 members a draft resolution seeking to put the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief, Masood Azhar, on the UN sanctions blacklist.

In her remarks, Ambassador Lodhi underscored the need for a holistic approach to combat and defeat terrorism and the need for international collaboration to achieve the shared objective.

She pointed out several gaps that existed in the international community’s counter-terrorism strategy, one being the lack of attention given to issues of foreign intervention, foreign occupation, the continued denial of the right to self-determination to people living under foreign occupation and violations of international law and the UN Charter, The News reported added.

The envoy asserted that despite being obvious causative factors, these are ignored or cast aside. She said that the international community agrees that continued and persistent violations of human rights contribute to violent extremism.

“Yet killings continue in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine,” Dr Lodhi said, adding, “Brutalization and oppression of people struggling for their legitimate right to self-determination constitutes state terrorism. This too should be the focus of international attention.”

She also warned against Islamophobia fanned by extremist groups in some western countries. “Action must be taken against this deliberate hate mongering which often leads to violence.”She said Pakistan has been the victim of terrorism sponsored by external stakeholders but this only reinforced its will to fight against the menace.

Pakistan has adopted a multifaceted national counter-terrorism strategy, a 20-point plan, including prevention and countering of terrorist financing, she said.As a result of various measures, terrorist incidents are at a record low in the country, the ambassador stressed.

Pakistan is largely a cash-based economy, which has made it difficult to implement FATF recommendations in the past, she added.

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