NEW YORK: Pakistan has called for defeating terrorism through a comprehensive approach that gives a push to efforts aimed at addressing the root causes of terrorism, notably unresolved conflicts, political and economic injustices, as well as political marginalisation and alienation.
“The complex challenge of terrorism defies simplified solutions and needs a comprehensive approach. A piecemeal effort will not eliminate this scourge. Similarly, a uni-dimensional approach focused exclusively on operational or political measures will not produce the desired results,” Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, told the General Assembly, which began a review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
The strategy, which was adopted in 2006, consists of four pillars: measures to address conditions conducive to terrorism’s spread; measures to prevent and combat terrorism; measures to build States’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism and to strengthen the role of the UN system; measures to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law as the fundamental basis for the fight against terrorism.
In the course of the debate, member states condemned the recent terrorist attacks and the abduction of Turkish diplomats in Iraq, as well as the attacks in Nigeria and Pakistan, calling for a deepening of international cooperation and a full and balanced implementation of the Strategy’s four pillars. In his remarks, the Pakistani envoy urged intensified efforts to tackle the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, as well as to build capacities and ensure respect for human rights. Economic and social development must be promoted.
Masood khan welcomed new elements in the resolution, such as State compliance with the United Nations Charter in the use of remotely piloted aircraft, in particular its principles of distinction and proportionality, protection of the right to privacy in the context of digital communications; and the challenges posed by the use of communication technology by terrorists and self-radicalised individuals or lone terrorists.
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