India expects positive response from UN to ban Jammat-ud-Dawa

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 12 2008, 05:06am hrs
A day after Indias demands of a ban on the Pakistan-based Jammat-ud-Dawa (JuD) being in focus at the UN Security Council (UNSC), New Delhi has expressed hope that the world community will respond positively to its demand for a ban on the frontal organisation of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon said India approached the UN for banning JuD as the outfit was involved in the Mumbai terror attacks. He noted that Jamaat-ud-Dawa is the successor organisation of the LeT, ....we think the perpetrators of the Mumbai were LeT people and it was organised by them.

On Tuesday night, India had urged the UNSC to proscribe Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Jammat-ud-Dawa and other such organisations under the UNSC Resolution 1267 and impose sanctions against them.

Minister of state for external affairs E Ahamed said in a statement on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts that the country of origin of terrorists needed to take urgent steps to stop their functioning.

We have requested the UN Security Council to proscribe Pakistani group Jammat-ud-Dawa since it is a terrorist outfit and should be proscribed under UNSC Resolution 1267. All those who were in any way responsible for the Mumbai terrorist attacks, wherever they may be, should be brought to justice, the minister told the 15 member council.

Bowing to Indias demand and pressure from the international community, Pakistani Ambassador to the UN Abdullah Hussain Haroon told the Security Council that his country would proscribe the Jammat-ud-Dawa.

After the designation by the Indian government of the Jamat-ud-Dawa under 1267, the (Pakistani) government upon receiving this instruction shall proscribe the JuD and take under consequential action as required including the freezing of assets, he added.

While briefing the members of the UNSC about the terrorist attacks, Ahamed said a group of 10 LeT terrorists reached Mumbai on the evening of November 26.

Nine terrorists were killed in the action taken by our security forces while one of them was apprehended. His interrogation has revealed that they were trained in Pakistan and were launched from a ship from Karachi. They travelled into Indian waters, took control of an Indian boat, killing the crew. Thereafter, they came to Mumbai to cause mayhem and murder, Ahamed said.

Without mentioning Pakistan, Ahamed said when actions of terrorist groups are used to serve the political interests of states, a deadly combination emerges.

A terror machine is created. India has had experience of such machines, which need to be eliminated. The nexus between the stateor elements within the stateand terror outfits must be broken and groups or individuals that indoctrinate, organise, plan and finance terror have to be uprooted along with other measures, he said.

Ahamed stated that, nothing, no religious grievance, dispute, or ideology, can be used as a raision detre, by anyone, to justify terrorism. This is totally unacceptable. Raising dust to confuse the trail so that the merchants of terror can hide is not acceptable; not to us, not to any civilised society.

He said practical measures at the global and national level need to be immediately put in place to see that the menace of terror is uprooted. Adding, the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that India tabled in 1996 needs to be adopted immediately to provide a framework of international law against terrorism. This cannot be held hostage to definitions while terrorists continue to take innocent lives.

The UNSC underlined the need to strengthen existing mechanisms and cooperation for a joint fight against terrorism. In his speech, the Pakistan envoy tried to link terrorism in the region to the Kashmir dispute.