Headline : Pak launches guidelines to implement UNSC 1267 Sanctions in country
- Pakistan has launched guidelines for implementing the UNSC 1267 Sanctions targeting UN-proscribed individuals and entities in the country.
- After Pulwama attach and India’s counter airstrikes, tensions escalated between India and Pakistan.
- Since then, Pakistan is under intense global pressure to take action against terrorist outfits operating from its soil.
- The launch of latest guidelines has come against this backdrop of global intensified pressure.
Summary of the news
- Pakistan has launched guidelines for implementing the UNSC 1267 Sanctions targeting the UN prescribed individuals and entities in the country.
- The guidelines were prepared by the National Committee for overseeing implementation of Sanctions against individuals and entities designated by the UN Security Council 1267 regime, which includes-
- Al Qaida/Da’esh Sanctions regime
- Taliban Sanctions regime (Security Council 1988)
- They have been formulated in compliance with international standards as required by the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Significance of the guidelines
- International obligations: It will help Pakistan meet international obligations against people and groups targeted by the UN.
- Improve understanding: The guidelines would help officials to better understand the provisions of the UN 1267 sanctions regime.
- Better compliance: It is expected to improve the understanding of the concerned domestic legislations among the officials and also make them realise their obligationsand hence, facilitate compliance.
- Effective implementation: The guidelines would assist all the stakeholders in better discharging their responsibilities for the effective implementation of the UN Sanctions.
- Global demonstration: Launch of guidelines also helps Pakistan to show the world that it is serious about countering terrorism.
- Prevent downgrading of its economy: By demonstrating itself as resolved and serious about countering terrorism, Pakistan is trying to prevent itself from blacklisting by FATF, which may lead to downgrading of the country by lenders like the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and Asian Development Bank, etc.
About UNSC 1267 resolution
- The UNSC resolution 1267 was adoptedin 1999.
- It is a consolidated list of people and entities it has determined as being associated with Al Qaeda or the Taliban, and laws which must be passed within each member nation to implement the sanctions.
- Over time, the regime evolved and the measures became a targeted assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo against designated individuals and entities.
- The sanction extended with inclusion of Al Qaida and ISIL.
- The measures to counter terrorism under the UN 1267 regime includes:
- Assets Freeze: All states are required to freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities.
- Travel Ban: All states are required to prevent the entry into or transit through their territories by designated individuals.
- Arms Embargo:All states are required to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer from their territories or by their nationals outside their territories, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, spare parts, and technical advice, assistance, or training related to military activities, to designated individuals and entities
- All UN member states are required to take these above measures with respect to ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and Taliban and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them.
Section : International Relation