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Pakistan asks UNSC to outlaw violent nationalist groups

Pakistan Asks UNSC to Outlaw Violent Nationalist Groups

ISLAMABAD – Highlighting concerns against global terrorism, Pakistan presented its plan of action to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), suggesting to ban “violent extremist supremacist groups” like other terrorist groups.
Addressing the 15 members of the Security Council on Tuesday, Islamabad’s permanent ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram, called for the outlawing of hyper-nationalist groups, including Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
RSS, the parent body of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), poses “a clear danger to regional and international peace and security,” he said.
“Such racist and violent extremist terrorism will inevitably breed counter-violence and validate the dystopian narrative of terrorist organizations such as Daesh/ISIS and Al-Qaeda,” Akram said.
Referring to the ideology of militant Hindu nationalism, Hindutva, followed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP, Akram warned that the harsh ideology threatened India’s Muslim population of 200 million.
He called for immediate action to curb the rise of violent nationalism, proposing the following measures: calling on states to designate the acts of violent nationalist groups, including white supremacists and other racially and ethnically motivated groups, as terrorism, just like the world did in the case of Al-Qaida / ISIS and their affiliated groups.
In addition to asking the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, to present a plan of action to confront and defeat the ideologies and extremist actions of nationalist groups, he also suggested launching immediate national actions to prevent the spread of their violent ideologies, their recruitment and funding of these groups.
The proposal also called for expanding the mandate of the 1267 Sanctions Committee to include nationalist terrorist groups like the RSS.
A Pakistani official also called on the body to “tackle some neglected manifestations of terrorism, one of which is the phenomenon of ‘state terrorism’,” citing the situation in occupied Kashmir where Indian forces “are committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and against the occupied peoples in order to terrorize and subjugate them”.
“The world needs to expand and adjust its counterterrorism strategy to ‘defeat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said Munir Akram, expressing concern over new and growing threats to global peace and security.

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