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In his first speech at UNSC, Jaishankar slams China and Pak.

Urging UN Security Council members not to make false distinctions of “good” terrorists and “bad” terrorists, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar made indirect references to both China and Pakistan for delaying the process of designating terrorist individuals and entities, as well as failing to stop the funding of terror.

In a speech to the UNSC that convened a session to mark two decades since the 1373 anti-terror resolution was passed after the 9/11 attacks in the U.S., Mr. Jaishankar called for “zero tolerance to terrorism”.

“The practice of placing blocks and holds on listing requests without any rhyme or reason must end. This only erodes our collective credibility,” Mr. Jaishankar told UNSC members, in a reference to a number of blocks and holds China placed on designating Pakistan-based terrorists including Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar before agreeing to put him on the UNSC’s 1267 sanction list in May 2019.

Without directly identifying Pakistan, Mr. Jaishankar also referred to States that are “clearly guilty of aiding and supporting terrorism, and wilfully provide financial assistance and safe havens” to them, and in a reference to underworld don and terror financier Dawood Ibrahim, spoke of “five- star treatment” he reportedly enjoys in Pakistan.

“We, in India, have seen the crime syndicate responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts not just given state protection but enjoying five-star hospitality,” Mr. Jaishankar said listing an eight-point “action plan” to “credibly” address the menace of terrorism.

Mr. Jaishankar also made a call for “enhanced UN coordination with the FATF”, just ahead of a meeting of the Task Force’s Asia Pacific Joint Group (APJG), which will review Pakistan’s performance in countering terror financing and money laundering.