- India held a special meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (UNSC-CTC) of the United Nations Security Council to discuss terrorfinancing through the use of cryptocurrencies and drones in current terrorism, in New Delhi on October 28-29, 2022.
- This is the first such meeting in India since the establishment of the UNSC-CTC in 2001.
- Ahead of the special event, India’s permanent representative at the UN, and the current chair of the CTC, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, said that terrorism is no longer an issue faced by any one particular country, and the India meeting will serve to reflect on “recent developments and evidence-based research” regarding the use of the internet and its attendant technologies, including the misuse or abuse of social media, and new payment mechanisms that are being manipulated for terrorist purposes.
- India took over the chairmanship of the CTC as US troops left Afghanistan in as much of a mess as when it entered in October 2001—an unfinished war that has left hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians at the mercy of a conservative, militant Taliban government; an unabated persecution of women and minorities; and continued, frequent terror strikes.
- For India, the Pakistani deep state’s decades-old proximity with the Taliban has further threatened its domestic and regional security directly since the withdrawal of US troops, making this tenure at the CTC particularly critical.
India as chair of the UN Counter Terrorism Committee comes at a crucial juncture
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