Beginning last Friday, India has begun its eighth term in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a period of two years as a non-permanent member. The free world leaders have reposed their faith in India and urged it to lead no less than three sub-committees of the all-important council.
The committees which India has been asked to chair during its term of two years as a non-permanent member of the UNSC are: Taliban sanctions committee, Counterterrorism committee (for 2022) and the Libya sanctions committee. Needless to say, India becoming chairperson of such committees is bad news for the Taliban, Pakistan and Turkey.
By chairing these three committees, India will be able to guide the UNSC and the world community as a whole towards building tremendous pressure on three Islamist entities – Taliban, Pakistan and Turkey.
The Taliban Sanctions Committee being chaired by India at a crucial stage – when peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban are ongoing, will effectively demonstrate New Delhi’s leadership role.
India will also ensure that terrorists and their sponsors in Afghanistan are not allowed to derail the peace process. Further, India shares a cordial relation with the Afghan government and as such, will work to ensure that not much ground is ceded to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Most importantly, in 2022, India will be chairing the Counterterrorism committee, which will allow New Delhi to further build international pressure against Pakistan for its active support to terror organisations which have been bleeding India and the world since times immemorial.
“The chairing of this Committee has a special resonance for India, which has not only been at the forefront of fighting terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism but has also been one of its biggest victims,” said TS Tirumurti, India’s ambassador to the UN.
Already, India has built tremendous pressure on Pakistan through the prospect of having it blacklisted internationally by the FATF. New Delhi chairing the counterterrorism committee next year will prove to be a nightmare for the terror state, which is already facing global isolation and an economic slump due to its support to a complete terror industry on its soil.
Finally, India will also be chairing the Libya sanctions committee, much to the chagrin of Turkey. Under Erdogan, Turkey has steered away from India and unabashedly started toeing the Pakistani line against New Delhi.
Being an active participant in the Libyan conflict, and backing the Government of National Accord (GNA) by sending in Syrian mercenaries into the war-torn country, Turkey will find an India-chaired Libya sanctions committee hurting its prospects of turning Libya into a client state. In general, New Delhi will now play an active role in ensuring that Erdogan’s dreams of resuscitating the Ottoman Empire are foiled grandly.
The Libya Sanctions Committee is a very important subsidiary body of the council, which implements the sanctions regime, including a two-way arms embargo on Libya, an assets freeze, a travel ban, measures on illicit export of petroleum.
“We will be assuming the Chair of this Committee at a critical juncture when there is an international focus on Libya and on their peace process,” Tirumurti said in a video message.
India is effectively getting a stage to prepare for its inevitable permanent membership of the Security Council. India has mounted an aggressive campaign internationally, calling for reforms at the United Nations. A pivotal part of that reform-process is India’s permanent membership to the UNSC.