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Syed Akbaruddin hits out at ‘subterranean’ cover for terrorists at UN

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India has hit out at the “subterranean” cover given to terrorists at the UN by China which has vetoed action against Pakistan-based masterminds of attacks on India, and demanded reforming the process of imposing sanctions on terrorists and their protectors.

Deriding the Security Council committees that deal with sanctions as a “subterranean universe” because of their secrecy, India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin on Tuesday called for opening up their voting so that those vetoing action against terrorists are made to publicly acknowledge their role.

Speaking at a Security Council debate on it working methods, he diplomatically avoided naming China but it was clear his criticism was directed at Beijing that has used the secrecy of the sanctions committee, which is one of the so-called subsidiary bodies of the Council to veto action against Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohamed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and against Islamabad for freeing Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

“When a Council resolution is voted upon all of us know who votes for what and member states explain their positions,” Akbaruddin said, adding “However, in the subterranean world of subsidiary bodies there is no explanation given. No one says what is the rationale.”

“Furthermore, a rejection does not even surface in the public space,” he added. “No one indicates who specifically is not supporting a request. Indeed, proposals that can’t make it are buried without public acknowledgment that they were ever considered.”

While vetoes in the sanctions committee were ultimately leaked – as in the case of Beijing providing cover for Pakistan-based terrorists – the absence of a public record of the decision-making allows countries to avoid taking responsibility for their action.

Akbaruddin also criticised another aspect the decision-making system of the sanctions committee, where rulings have to be unanimous unlike in the Councila, where only the permanent members wield vetoes.

“While the trend now is to consider means to curtail the use of the veto in the Council’s own work,” he said, acein the subterranean universe all Council members have extended vetoes to themselves as members of Sanctions Committees.”

“The adoption of principles of anonymity and unanimity has absolved individual members of accountability,” he asserted.

When India asked the sanctions committee to add Azhar, the mastermind of the January attack on Pathankot air force base in its list of terrorists, China vetoed it even though all the other 14 members supported taking action. If the panel, popularly known as the 1267 committee after the Council’s resolution number setting it up, had acted Pakistan and other countries would have been required to freeze his assets and ban his travel.

Last June, China also blocked India’s demand for taking action under the Council’s anti-terrorism resolutions against Pakistan for freeing Lakhvi, the Lashkar-e-Taiba mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack in which 166 people were killed.

Turning to another crucial area of interest to India, which is historically the largest provider of troops to UN peacekeeping operations, Akbaruddin called for regular and inclusive consultations between the Council, the Secretariat and the troop contributors.

The lack of such dialogues has “generated frustration on all sides and underminedathe implementation of mandates”, he said citing the case of South Sudan where more than 2,000 Indian peacekeepers are deployed.

As conditions have worsened in the civil war-torn country, Akbaruddin said, “there has been talk and suggestions about increasing the number of troops; of possible expansion of mandate; deployment of a rapid action brigade; measures for protection of civilians; and calls for an arms embargo.”

But “at no stage have there been efforts at institutionalised consultations” with troop contributors, he said.

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J&K: 1 terrorist killed, 2 Army men injured in an encounter in Kupwara

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New Delhi, July 16: One terrorist has been killed and two 2 Army personnel were injured during an encounter in Safawali Gal in Kupwara along the Line of Control on Monday. One AK-47 rifle has been recovered from the terrorist. 

The encounter is currently underway.

Alert troops of the Army noticed suspicious movement in Safawali Gali and challenged the infiltrators.

“When challenged, the terrorists fired, triggering a gunfight. One terrorist has been killed in this operation which is still going on,” news agency IANS quoted the sources as saying.

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Over 4,000 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath Yatra

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Jammu, July 16: Over 1,87,300 pilgrims have so far performed this year’s Amarnath Yatra as another batch of 4,195 pilgrims left Jammu for the Valley on Monday.

“A total of 4,195 Yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two batches of 2,455 and 1,740 for the Valley in escorted convoys. Of these, 2,455 Yatris are headed for Baltal while 1,740 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” police said.

The 60-day long Yatra will end on August 26 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.

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Woman gang-raped,burnt alive in temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal

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Lucknow, July 15 : Ina shocking incident, a 35-year old woman and a mother of two was allegedly gang-raped by five men, then burnt alive in a temple in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh .The Beti Bachao, Beti Padao of Modi government and Ram Rajya of Yogi Adityanath government have been exposed when a brutal crime of this nature comes to light .

The incident took place late on July 13 when the 35-year-old victim was alone in her house with her daughter and the five persons barged into her house and allegedly raped her. police said.

According to her husband, the victim had sent a message to her cousin about the horrific incident.Before she could inform the police, the men again came to house  and dragged her to a temple  and set her ablaze. She called UP police’s Dial-100 emergency service but no one answered the call.

The audio clip of the last call the 35-year-old sent is being used as evidence in the case.

An FIR has been lodged in Rajpura police station  against five persons identified as Aram Singh, Mahaveer, Charan Singh, Gullu and Kumarpal , where the brutal crime took place.

The audio clip of the last call the 35-year-old sent is being used as evidence in the case.

 

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