In a significant development that can help the country to fight terrorism, the United Nations has asked for the name of a nominee who can be part of an international team to assist a United Nations committee, which works exclusively on banning terror outfits and their leaders. After this request was received from the United Nations, the Home and Finance Ministries have started to shortlist suitable individuals who can be given such a major responsibility at the global level.
The presence of an Indian in the United Nations team will help the country to ban organizations such as Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). It might also help put a ban on JeM’s chief Masood Azhar. It may be recalled that JeM was the mastermind of last year’s Pathankot air base attack. India has repeatedly tried to get such a ban activated on JeM and Masood Azhar, but the same has been blocked by China. Now, things can change with the inclusion of an Indian member in the international team that helps the United Nations decide which terror organizations and leaders to ban.
As per the requirements provided by United Nations, the representative should be an expert on ISIS, Al-Qaida and affiliated individuals and entities, their evolution, linkages and changing nature of the threat. They should be ready to travel extensively, including travel to locations with hostile environment.