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Pakistan under focus as UN tells countries to act against terror groups

March 30, 2019

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has ordered countries to pass laws to crack down on terror financing. The by ensuring they have laws to make it a serious crime.

The UNSC has adopted a resolution moved by France that calls on countries to "ensure that their domestic laws and regulations establish serious criminal offenses" to prosecute those who raise funds or offer economic support to terror outfits and terrorists.

The resolution also asks countries to set up financial intelligence units to track terrorism financing and to share information on their investigations. This is the first measure dedicated specifically to tackling the financing of terrorism.

India has welcomed the move and asked that it be implemented effectively. At the UNSC, India hit out at Pakistan, referring to it as a serial offender.

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. - Syed Akbaruddin, India's Permanent Representative to the UN

Akbaruddin also said, "The proof of the pudding is in its eating, the utility of any council resolution will, therefore, be in its implementation...The Council can and needs to do a better job of overseeing the implementation of its resolutions relating to terrorist financing".

India has said that not obeying the sanctions puts all countries at risk of facing challenges from terror organizations that are well-funded and armed.

The resolution came just after a new push at the UNSC for action against Masood Azhar, head of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, by the United States, Britain and France.

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