New Delhi: The UN Security Council has asked countries to step up the battle against terror financing and ensure they have laws to make it a serious offence.
India, which has been pushing for action against countries that support terror in its diplomatic offensive against terrorist groups operating from Pakistan, emphasised the need for effective implementation.
The council unanimously adopted the French-drafted resolution that urges nations to “ensure that their domestic laws and regulations establish serious criminal offences” to prosecute those who raise funds or supply economic resources to terror outfits or terrorists.
This is the first standalone move devoted particularly to fight the financing of terrorism.
Akbaruddin ponts to serial offender Pakistan
Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, calling India a “willing partner” in the endeavour, criticised Pakistan in a reference to “serial offenders” who are apologists for terrorists.
“Terrorists are going to be ever more creative in finding ways to violate the rulebook. Also, the unfortunate reality is that States who are apologists for terrorists will continue to provide alibis to justify their actions and inaction too, as was done by a serial offender earlier today,” Akbaruddin said at the UN, adding that the world body collectively needs to do more and do it much more effectively.
The resolution, which can be enforced with sanctions, also advises countries to establish financial intelligence units to reinforce efforts to track terrorist financing and to share information on their investigations.
Akbaruddin later tweeted: “New milestone adopted by @UN to Counter Terrorist Financing. Unfortunately, States who are apologists for terrorists will continue to provide alibis to justify their actions & inaction too.”