Pakistan has laid out an action plan before the United Nations Security Council to tackle nationalist groups including Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the parent group of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), that “pose a clear [..] danger to regional and international peace and security.”
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Munir Akram on Tuesday told the 15-member Security Council that “violent extremist supremacist groups” should be outlawed like other terrorist outfits.
“Such violent racist and extremist terrorism will inevitably breed counter-violence and validate the dystopian narrative of terrorist organisations such as ISIS/Daesh and Al-Qaeda,” Akram said.
He also cautioned that the Hindutva ideology which is followed by the BJP, a Hindu nationalist party, threatened India’s Muslim population. The Pakistani envoy called for immediate steps to curb the rise of violent nationalism.
He called on states to designate acts of violent nationalist groups, including white supremacists and other racially and ethnically motivated groups, as terrorism, just as the world has done in case of Al-Qaeda/ISIS and their affiliated groups Akram stressed initiating immediate domestic actions to prevent the propagation of their violent ideologies, recruitment to and financing of these groups. He requested the secretary general to present a plan of action to confront and defeat nationalist groups’ extremist ideologies and actions
expanding the mandate of the 1267 Sanctions Committee to include nationalist terrorist groups like the RSS. Akram also called upon the body to “address certain neglected manifestations of terrorism, one of which is the phenomenon of ‘state terrorism’”, citing the situation in occupied Kashmir where Indian forces “are perpetrating war crimes, crimes against humanity, and against the occupied peoples in order to terrorise them into submission”. As new threats to global peace and security arise, Akram said, the world needs to expand and adjust its counter-terror strategy to “defeat terrorism in all forms and manifestations”.—APP