In a major event at the United Nations, Islamabad’s bid to designate Indians as terrorists has been foiled. Read on to know more.
The move was blocked by the five members of the UN Security Council. The two Indian nationals have been identified as Gobinda Patnaik Duggivalasa and Appaji Angara. Both these men were working at a private firm in Afghanistan and were accused of being spies as well as terrorists last year.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) which consists of five permanent members gave time to Pakistan to that the prove that the said two Indians were as a global threat. However, the Pakistani delegation could provide no evidence in support of the same, which prompted the council to dismiss the proposal. The US, UK, France, Germany and Belgium on Wednesday decided to block Pakistan’s move to list two Indian nationals as global terrorists under the UNSC 1267 sanctions committee.
Pakistan had initially sought to designate four Indian nationals as Global Terrorists, however, the US had put a technical hold on the listing of Venumadhav Dongara and Ajoy Mistry earlier this year. Following this the two remaining names – Angara Appaji and Gobinda Pattnaik Duggivalasa – were also blocked. All of the aforementioned were working in Afghanistan under various capacities and were evacuated this January after they were accused of being terrorists by Pakistan.
Last year in May, New Delhi managed to get Jaish-e-Mohammad chief, Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist under the UNSC 1267 sanctions committee; this move is believed to be Pakistan’s backfire.
India’s permanent representative to UN, T.S. Tirumurti tweeted that Pakistan’s attempt to “politicise” the 1267 committee process had been blocked by several council members.
Pakistan’s blatant attempt to politicize 1267 special procedure on terrorism by giving it a religious colour, has been thwarted by UN Security Council. We thank all those Council members who have blocked Pakistan’s designs. @MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar @PMOIndia @harshvshringla
— PR UN Tirumurti (@ambtstirumurti) September 2, 2020
In July, after gaining the support of its all-time ally, China, Pakistan moved to the United Nations Security Council’s 1267 sanctions sub-committee to designate two Indians as global terrorists, accusing them of terror attacks in Balochistan and Peshawar. It even registered an FIR against them.
One of these two Indians, Angara was working as a software developer in a bank in Kabul, while Duggivalasa worked as head of a company engaged in capacity-building projects in Afghanistan.