Tuesday, June 29, 2021

India raises Jammu air base attack at UN, says use of drones for terrorism needs serious attention

New Delhi: Amid multiple sightings of drones in and around Jammu city and days after an attack on the Indian Air Force (IAF) station at airport, India told the UN General Assembly that the possible use of weaponised drones for terror activities calls for serious attention.

Special Secretary (Internal Security), Ministry of Home Affairs in the Government of India, V S K Kaumudi said on Tuesday, “Today, misuse of information and communication technology such as internet and social media for terrorist propaganda, radicalisation and recruitment of cadre; misuse of new payment methods and crowdfunding platforms for financing of terrorism; and misuse of emerging technologies for terrorist purposes have emerged as the most serious threats of terrorism and will decide the counter-terrorism paradigm going forward,”

VSK Kaumudi made the remarks at the second High Level Conference of the Head of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of the Member States in the General Assembly.

Raising concern over drones, the special secretary added, “Being a low-cost option and easily available, utilisation of these aerial/sub-surface platforms for sinister purposes by terrorist groups such as intelligence collection, weapon/explosives delivery and targeted attacks have become an imminent danger and challenge for security agencies worldwide.”

“The possibility of the use of weaponised drones for terrorist purposes against strategic and commercial assets calls for serious attention by the member states. We have witnessed terrorists using UAS to smuggle weapons across borders,” Kaumudi said, as per his statement issued by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN.

India called on the world to remain united against tendencies of labeling terrorism based on terrorist motivations especially those based on religion, and political ideologies.

29/06/21 India Today

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