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.
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.