03 Nov 2017/Friday.
The world is grappled with ghastly terrorist attacks, counter measures and talks of collectively fighting this disease a sort of “psychological disorder” are on the go. Despite that terrorism today poses the biggest challenge to any government. Unfortunately but true, tables have turned as terrorism has now spread like a deadly virus; knocking off its breeders (those who used sub-conventional war methods and proxy forces for advancing national interests) who have started to face the heat.
India which has been severely hit by terrorism for long before the countries of the developed world began to take cognizance of the threat it poses to international peace and security, has repeatedly stressed that tackling such behaviour required a holistic approach and collective action. Apropos, it had proposed comprehensive international anti-terror convention (CCIT) way back in 1996 and is repeatedly harping for the same at all international forums. But despite the growing threat and losses suffered due to terrorism, why is it that a corrective plan (the conclusion and ratification of the CCIT) to tackle terrorism, still remains deadlocked?
Primarily because of the opposition from the three main blocs to safeguard their strategic interests:
(a) US: Concerns over definitions of terrorism, including acts by US soldiers in international interventions without a UN mandate (Afghanistan and Iraq)
(b) OIC: Concerns that convention would be used to target Pakistan and restrict rights of self-determination groups in Palestine, Kashmir etc.
(c) Latin America: Concerns over international humanitarian laws and human rights being ignored.
The ISIS reportedly continues to earn some US$ 3 million on daily basis through smuggling out and selling oil despite all the hoopla of a 40 nation coalition operating against it. Take the situation in Pakistan where Pak military-ISI continues to spawn terrorism and wilfully wage proxy war on India and Afghanistan. China has been tacitly supporting Pakistan’s anti-India jihad despite the trouble in Xinjiang for well known geostrategic reasons. These terror attacks against India emanating from Pakistan have been acknowledged by the West including the US and UK. Yet, leave aside economic sanctions, even aid is not being linked to say at least handing over perpetrators of terrorist activity in India. Threat of economic sanctions would have made the Pakistani military forsake its policy of terrorism, return it to barracks and give Pakistan a chance of real democracy. This would contribute to stability of the entire region, but why is it not happening?
The countries opposed to the idea of CCIT want to frame the definition of terrorism to suit their individual interests. At present they are not concerned about other states. They will have to rise out of this thought and come at the support the idea of CCIT before it is too late. It is high time that a majority consensus for a wider definition of terrorism is formulated. Interpretation of the CCIT and more importantly its implementation could be a game changer if world powers kept their strategic interests at bay and earnestly focused on peace and stability in the world.