India urged the international community on Wednesday (local time) to denounce Pakistan for sponsoring terrorist organisations that operate out of their controlled areas. Indian diplomat Rajesh Parihar said, “It is high time that the international community calls out such states – Pakistan, and seeks effective, credible, verifiable, and irreversible actions from them against terror outfits operating from the territories under their control, without further delay.” Parihar was speaking at the United Nations Security Council Arria-formula meeting on “Transnational Terrorist Threats.”
The 13th report of the “Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team” to the 1988 Committee recently emphasised the dangers that these organisations pose to India. Parihar further emphasised how the terrorist organisation has embraced cutting-edge technology to further its nefarious objectives.
Over the past several decades, state-sponsored cross-border terrorism has targeted India. “Terrorism continues to remain the gravest threat to humanity in spite of efforts by the international community, including those led by UNSC in the past two-decade to combat and curb its menace. The threat of terrorism is not only growing and expanding at a rate of rapid pace into new areas, particularly in Asia and Africa, but is also exorbitant by the expansion of new and emerging technologies by the terrorist group to achieve their vicious goals,” he said.
Drone use for carrying out terrorist operations and trafficking in drugs and weapons has increased noticeably. Terrorist organisations have employed drones in Africa to track the movements of security personnel and peacekeepers, leaving them open to assault.
Recent cross-border drone assaults by terrorists on the UAE and Saudi Arabia targeted citizens and civilian infrastructure, killing one Indian national and injuring several others. “We also need to see concrete steps that proscribed terrorists or their aliases do not get any support – tacit or direct – from the terror sanctuaries. It is high time that the international community calls out such states – Pakistan, and seek effective, credible, verifiable, and irreversible actions from them against terror outfits operating from the territories under their control, without further delay,” said Parihar.
Al-Shabaab militants invaded the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, and launched an attack that left forty people dead and more than 70 injured.
In order to assess this threat and ensure a successful and prompt reaction to it, Parihar asked the Council to pay special attention to the exploitation of new technologies by terrorist groups, a recent and developing trend.