Pakistan lobbying UN to declare India a "sponsor of terror"
Pakistan is now lobbying the United Nations to designate India as a "state sponsor of terrorism," claimed the country's Express Tribune. Calling India "the mother of terrorism" and lying at the UN General Assembly to pass off a Palestinian woman's picture as a Kashmiri pellet-gun victim are all part of Pakistan's efforts. Pakistan would approach the veto-wielding powers to garner support for its efforts.
Pakistan will reportedly move a resolution on declaring India a "terror sponsor" in the UN Security Council, after PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's approval. All five permanent UNSC members, including US, UK, France, Russia, and China, would be approached for their support. While China is already on board, the US would be taken "into confidence" on the issue. However, Russia usually stands by India.
Getting India declared a "sponsor of terror" is not going to be easy for Pakistan, considering that US President Donald Trump called Pakistan out for supporting terrorism. In August, Trump condemned India's arch-rival for providing "safe havens to agents of violence, chaos, and terror."
President Trump denied any form of support to those harboring terror-safe havens in his maiden UN speech last week. Hinting at Pakistan, he said it was time to expose and hold responsible those nations supporting and financing terror outfits like al-Qaida, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and others. He added any form of support for their "vile and sinister ideology" must be denied.
Except for Pakistan's ally, China, several countries have come out against the terror groups backed by Pakistan. India and Japan jointly issued a statement against Pak-based terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) during Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's India visit earlier in September. Apart from Japan, India has convinced other BRICS members to "name and shame" these terror organizations at the summit.
While China has consistently blocked India's attempt to get Jaish-e-Muhammed's Masood Azhar as a UN-designated terrorist, specific references to Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammed, which are reportedly backed by Pakistan army and ISI, were made in the BRICS declaration. These references are a huge setback to Pakistan.