UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has called for addressing the underlying conditions that lead to the spread of terrorism as part of United Nations’ efforts to stamp out the menace.
“Deprivation, marginalisation, exclusion, unresolved disputes and stereotyping often create conditions for a drift to terrorism,” Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Masood Khan told a meeting of the Advisory Board of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) on Monday.
The Pakistani envoy praised Saudi Arabia’s contribution of $100 million for UN’s counter-terrorism efforts, noting that projects in the area of capacity building figure prominently in the next year’s programme of work.
The UNCCT, based at UN Headquarters in New York, was launched in 2011 with the help of a voluntary contribution from the Saudi Government. Operating under the UN Secretary-General and the umbrella of the Department of Political Affairs, the Centre contributes to the implementation of the 2006 UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and engages with over 30 entities with expertise on a wide range of counter-terrorism related subjects.
“The work of the Centre is now on track,” Masood Khan told delegates, adding, “Consensus on the discourse is a good measure of the strong commitment of the countries against the scourge of terrorism.”
The Pakistani envoy said he was glad that the Centre was focusing on all four pillars of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy that recommends measures to: address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; to prevent and combat terrorism; to build states’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism and to strengthen the role of the UN system; to ensure respect for human rights for all and the rule of law as the fundamental basis for the fight against terrorism.
“During Pakistan’s presidency of the Security Council in January 2013, he said the presidential statement of the Council had highlighted the need for bringing together development and counter terrorism efforts as part of a comprehensive approach”.
For long-term sustainable solutions, he added, Pakistan was working on 3-D policy based on deterrence development, dialogue.
During Pakistan’s presidency of the Security Council in January 2013, the presidential statement of the Council had highlighted the need for bringing together development and counter terrorism efforts as part of the comprehensive approach to counter terrorism. Pakistan’s 3-D policy based on deterrence, development and dialogue had paid dividends.