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UN Security Council to convene “Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts” session under India’s leadership

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UN Security Council to convene “Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts” session under India’s leadership

Naseer Ahmed Reuters
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Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar will today preside over the UN Security Council’s (UNSC) session on “Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts.”

The session is expected to review the UN’s latest report on the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); however, in light of the recent Taliban’s seizure of Afghanistan, the agenda will likely be expanded. Likewise, given Jaishankar’s eminence within the session, it is also likely that Pakistan’s role as a facilitator and sanctuary of state-sponsored Islamist terror will be addressed.

Expect Jaishankar to press for UNSC action on Afghanistan before the state becomes a safe harbor for terror groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda. Jaishankar’s fears are valid, as the Taliban sheltered al-Qaeda while they conducted the 9/11 attacks and have since strengthened their ties. With their takeover, the Taliban will reallow al-Qaeda and other terror groups to use the region as a training ground.

For India the consequences are especially dire. Pakistan already uses terror groups for operations in Jammu and Kashmir and will now use Afghanistan to facilitate state-sponsored terror. Nevertheless, the UNSC will not act. China as Pakistan’s benefactor will oppose Jaishankar and insist the Taliban can be trusted.

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