Terrorism: United Nation Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism meeting in Mumbai which was badly hit by the terrorist attack in 2008 is itself a message to counter terrorists and their terror acts.
Mumbai is going to host UNSC’s Anti-Terrorism Meeting on the 28th and 29th of October, 2022. Mumbai is the city that best reflects the economic development of the country even after being a victim of the worst terror attacks in 2008. And Taj Mahal Palace Hotel one of the sites of the terror attacks stands tall pointing to the significance of its being there with all commercial activities running normally.
In a press briefing before the special summit, Sanjay Verma, Secretary (W), Ministry of External Affairs stated that the theme would be “Countering the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes” besides the meeting will begin with a tribute to the victims of terror activities in 2008 in Mumbai.
Soft Opening Session
The meeting will begin with a “Soft Opening Session and tributes to the victims of Terrorism” on 8th October through a sombre ceremony at the same Hotel Taj Mahal Palace. It will be attended by the current 15 Security Council members and incoming 5 members, who will pay homage at the 26/11 memorial site, said Sanjay Verma, Secretary West in a media briefing.
Focus on curbing the use of technology by terrorists
The Counter-Terrorism meeting will focus on curbing and immobilizing the use of the internet, payment mechanism and drones by terrorists. He added that the Foreign Minister of Ghana, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Foreign Minister of Gabon, Michael Moussa-Adamo; Foreign Minister of UAE, Reem Bint Ebrahim Al-Hashimy, UK’s Foreign Secretary James Cleverly; Deputy Foreign Minister of Albania, Megi Fino and UN Deputy Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov would attend the counter-terror meet.
Convening Counter-Terror Meet in Mumbai after 26/11 will send a global message
The larger purpose of this unprecedented meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee in Mumbai will resonate with the rest of the world because the key objective of terrorists, to paralyze the commercial capital of India, Mumbai by inflicting one of the worst terror attacks has been completely thwarted and Mumbai stands tall while convening the meeting, Sanjay Verma said.
Speaking about Pakistan coming out of Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) grey list Mr Verma said it was because of the pressure from FATF that Pakistan acknowledged and initiated actions against the two terrorists directly sheltered in their country, responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
India is leading the world with its global perspective while fighting Terrorism
As India today stands strong, resurgent and tall even after so many terror attacks on its soil, considers terrorism as a global crisis while chairing the meet India is not only going to focus on its fight against terrorism within the country but also challenge the problem in a global perspective and to find solutions to terror issues plaguing the world. India’s global approach in this regard has been hailed with high words of praise by David Scharia, Chief of Branch, United Nation’s Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate. India’s stance of getting out of the victimhood and leading the International Counter-Terrorism Committee from the front particularly the UN Security Council provides India with a pivotal role to play in the International arena.