India said it is committed towards the goal of zero tolerance for terrorism

India, that is set to Chair the UN Security Council Counter-terrorism Committee in 2022, told member nations on Thursday to unite against the tendency of labelling acts of terrorism based on its motivation.

India voted in favour of a resolution for Renewal of Mandate of the Counter-terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and welcoming its adoption by the council.

India’s Permanent Representative to UN TS Tirumurti in a statement said that India is committed to pursuing all necessary measures in collaboration with other member states towards the goal of zero tolerance for terrorism.

“As the Chair of CTC for 2022, India will make determined efforts to further enhance the role of CTC in strengthening the multilateral response to counter terrorism, and more importantly, ensuring that global response to the threat of terrorism remains unambiguous, undivided and effective,” Tirumurti said.

He called on Member States to remain “united against the tendency of labelling acts of terrorism based on its motivation. Such categorisation will lead the global community back to the pre-9/11 era of ‘my terrorist’ versus ‘your terrorist’.”

“We cannot allow anyone anywhere providing any kind of justification for terrorist acts. Combating terrorism must be at the centre of Our Common Agenda, not at its periphery,” India’s Permanent Representative said.

This year, India completed the first year of its two-year term as a non-permanent UNSC member during which it headed the Taliban Sanctions Committee and the Libya Sanctions Committee.

After a 10-year hiatus, India will once again chair the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee in January 2022. The leadership of the committee has significance for India, as the government has been advocating on a worldwide scale for steps to combat terrorism.

The Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) was established in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States with the unanimous adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1373 on September 28, 2001.

The Committee was tasked with overseeing the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1373, which called for countries to take a number of steps to improve their legal and institutional capacity to combat terrorist activities at home and abroad.

The Executive Directorate (CTED) assists the CTC by carrying out policy decisions and conducting expert assessments of the 193 UN Member States.

On behalf of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, CTED undertakes country visits to assess Member States' counter-terrorism activities, including progress made, remaining inadequacies, and priority areas for technical assistance needs, as well as detect terrorism-related trends.