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Pakistan likens RSS to terrorists at UNSC, demands ban

Pakistan PM Imran Khan has repeatedly urged the world to take note of BJP’s 'racist' ideology, which, according to him, is inspired by Nazism

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Politics India Pakistan likens RSS to terrorists at UNSC, demands ban

Condemned by nearly the entire world and out of favour even of all-weather ally China, terror-haven Pakistan continues to harp on its false notions about India on the global stage, notwithstanding repeated humiliations. In the latest instance, the country has branded the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a “violent extremist group during its address at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Munir Akram on 12 January laid out an action plan before the UNSC on how to “tackle nationalist groups” such as the RSS that “pose a clear danger to regional and international peace and security”.

The RSS is the parent organisation of India’s ruling party — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Calling the RSS one of the “violent extremist supremacist groups”, Akram told the 15-member council that such organisations should be banned just like terrorist outfits. “Such violent racist and extremist terrorism will inevitably breed counter-violence and validate the dystopian narrative of terrorist organisations such as ISIS/Daesh and Al-Qaeda,” Akram said at the UNSC.

Referring to Hindutva, what Pakistan believes implies ‘militant Hindu nationalism’, which it thinks Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP follow, Akram warned that the ideology threatened India’s 200-million strong Muslim population.

In order to push his agenda, the Pakistan envoy sought immediate interventions to “curb the rise of violent nationalism” and called on member countries to “designate acts of violent nationalist groups, including white supremacists and other racially and ethnically motivated groups, as terrorism, just as the world has done in case of al Qaeda and ISIS and their affiliated groups”.

The proposal called for the expansion of the mandate of the 1267 Sanctions Committee to include nationalist terrorist groups like the RSS. Munir Akram called upon the body to “address certain neglected manifestations of terrorism, one of which is the phenomenon of ‘state terrorism’”, citing the situation in occupied Kashmir where Indian forces “are perpetrating war crimes, crimes against humanity, and against the occupied peoples in order to terrorise them into submission”.

As new threats to global peace and security arise, Munir Akram said, the world needs to expand and adjust its counter-terror strategy to “defeat terrorism in all forms and manifestations”.

he said, “such neo-fascist groups now rule the country” and noted that the “violent extremist Hindutva ideology poses an existential threat to the 180 (million) Indian Muslims (and) a danger to regional and (international) peace and security.”

“They must be outlawed by the Security Council like other terrorist groups,” Munir Akram said. This is not the first time Pakistan has highlighted the threat posed by nationalist groups, particularly the BJP and RSS. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly urged the world to take note of BJP’s “racist” ideology, which, according to the premier, is inspired by German Nazism.

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