New York, January 19
The crime syndicate responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts are enjoying five-star hospitality in Pakistan and given state protection, Indian envoy at the UN has said, in a veiled reference to the D-company head Dawood Ibrahim.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador TS Tirumurti on Tuesday told the International Counter Terrorism Conference 2022 organised by the Global Counter-Terrorism Council that linkages between terrorism and transnational organised crime must be fully recognised and addressed vigorously.
“We have seen the crime syndicate responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts not just given state protection but are enjoying five-star hospitality,” he said.
Tirumurti’s remarks were a thinly-veiled reference to D-Company and its head Ibrahim, who is believed to be hiding in Pakistan.
In August 2020, Pakistan had for the first time acknowledged the presence of Ibrahim on its soil after the government imposed sweeping sanctions on 88 banned terror groups and their leaders, which also included the name of the underworld don wanted by India.
Tirumurti, who is also the Chair of the UNSC Counter-terrorism Committee for 2022, said that the UN sanctions regimes, including the 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, are pivotal to the international efforts in preventing terror-financing, terrorist-travel and access to arms by the terrorist organisations.
He, however, voiced concern that the implementation of these measures remained challenging.
“It is critical that all sanctions regimes established by the Council ensure due process in their working procedures and decision-making. The decision-making process and listing/delisting measures should be objective, swift, credible, evidence-based and transparent, and not for political and religious considerations,” the Indian Ambassador said.
He said that a recent report of the Monitoring Team on the asset freeze exemption procedures pursuant to resolution 2560 (2020) points to the lacunae of asset freeze measures by member states, partly due to deficiencies in the existing guidelines of the Committee.