India victim of cross-border terrorism, some countries offering safe havens to terrorists

India toIndia victim of cross-border terrorism, some countries offering safe havens to terrorists: India to UN. At a side event during the 2nd Counter-Terrorism Week, India’s representative to the UN T S Tirumurti said that India is a victim of cross-border terrorism. He also said that some countries are guilty of offering safe havens to terrorists.

At a side event during the 2nd Counter-Terrorism Week, India’s T S Tirumurti said that India is a victim of cross-border terrorism.

India has told the UN that it has been a victim of terrorism, especially from across the border, over the last several decades and that there are countries “clearly guilty” of aiding, supporting terrorist activities and offering safe havens to militants, a thinly-veiled reference to Pakistan.

In his opening remarks to the virtual high-level side event ‘Countering Financing of Terrorism in the Post Covid-19 Landscape’ during the 2nd Counter-Terrorism Week, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti has said that preventing terrorists from accessing financial resources is crucial to successfully counter the threat of terrorism.

“India has been a victim of terrorism, particularly cross-border terrorism, over the last several decades,” Tirumurti said Friday.

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“COUNTRIES AIDING TERRORISM”

He noted that while some states lack the legal-operational frameworks and necessary capacities for countering the financing of terrorism, “there are other States that are clearly guilty of aiding and supporting terrorism, and wilfully providing financial assistance and safe havens to terrorists.

While we must enhance capacities of the former, the international community must collectively call out the latter and hold them accountable.”

The remarks appeared to be an apparent reference to Pakistan.

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

Tirumurti also emphasised the need for international collaboration to counter financing terrorism, support and strengthen the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and provide greater funding to UN Counter-Terrorism architecture.

India co-hosted the side-event along with the Permanent Mission of France, UN Office of Drugs and Crime, UN Office of Counter-Terrorism and the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate.

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

“Terrorist organisations have also begun to exploit the anonymity afforded by blockchain technology for fundraising and finances,” he said adding that as part of the National Risk Assessment (NRA), an NPO Risk Assessment in 2020 and 2021 was conducted.

“Identifying linkages between various individuals, NPOs and terrorist outfits active in the region have been given due weightage,” he said.

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