India has told the United Nations (UN) that 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.
“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, legal adviser and first secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN said.
Addressing a UN committee on “Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism”, Umasankar 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,” the Indian diplomat said.
Chinese delegate Shi Xiaobin insisted that counter-terrorism efforts must strictly comply with ‘international law’. “In the fight against terrorism, we must uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the countries concerned, and abide by the rules of international law regarding the use of force and crime punishment,” he said.
China, which has been repeatedly blocking India’s effort to designate Mumbai terrorist attack mastermind Hafeez Saeed, he said over the past year, has engaged in consultations and interactions with more than ten countries in the area of counter-terrorism and security. (PTI)
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