Explained: The 1267 special procedure on terrorism

Context: Recently, five permanent and non-permanent members of the UN Security Council — the US, UK, France, Germany, and Belgium — blocked an attempt by Pakistan to list four Indians (Appaji Angara, Gobinda Patnaik Duggivasala, Ajoy Mistry and Venumadhav Dongara) under a UN Security Council regime targeting international terrorism.

Analysis

How did the matter come up before the UNSC’s 1267 sanctions sub-committee?

  • Pakistan has been trying for a year now to get four Indians, who had been working in Afghanistan, sanctioned under the UN’s 1267 regime.
  • Islamabad has for years accused India of fomenting terrorism inside Pakistan through Afghanistan, an allegation India rejects. 

But why did Pakistan want to get these Indians sanctioned by the UN?

  • The 1267 Committee was first set up in 1999 and strengthened by a series of resolutions in the months and years after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • It is now known as the Da’esh and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee.
  • The 1267 list of terrorists is a global list, with a UNSC stamp.
  • It is full of Pakistani nationals and residents, and Pakistan would like to get a few Indians on it as well.
  • What is the process by which people are listed under UNSC 1267?
  • Any member state can submit a proposal for listing an individual, group, or entity.
  • The 1267 Committee, which comprises all permanent and non-permanent members of the UNSC, meets as required with a notice of four working days.
  • Decisions on listing and de-listing are adopted by consensus. 

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