India, as a member of the United Nations Security Council will be heading three crucial committees — the Taliban sanctions committee, the counter-terrorism committee for the year 2022, and the Libya sanctions committee.
With New Delhi chairing the Taliban sanctions and counter-terror committees, India gets a crucial multilateral say in the Afghan peace process and Pakistan’s terror record, which will increase the heat on Islamabad.
India’s envoy for UN TS Tirumurti said, “The UNSC establishes subsidiary bodies on specific issues, including on sanctions regime….The Taliban sanctions committee also called the 1988 sanctions committee has always been a high priority for India keeping in mind our strong interest and commitment for peace, security, development, and progress of Afghanistan.”
With a clear foothold in the Taliban sanctions committee which is also a committee dealing with terror and counter-terror committee, the spotlight will come even more on Islamabad’s lackluster record on acting on cross-border terror.
The Indian envoy highlighted, “our chairing of the committee in this juncture will help keep the focus on the presence of terrorists and their sponsors threatening peace process in Afghanistan. It has been our view, that peace process and violence cannot go hand in hand”
It is important to recall, that the Taliban has to take approval from the sanctions committee members for travel.