India on Tuesday told the United Nations (UN) that the crime syndicate responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bombings was not only given government protection but also given a five-star level of hospitality. India's indirect reference was to Dawood Ibrahim, the head of the D-Company allegedly hiding in Pakistan.
India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador TS Tirumurti, while addressing the International Counter-Terrorism Conference, 2022, organized by the Global Counter-Terrorism Council, said the link between terrorism and transnational organized crime should be taken cognizance of and dealt with with full force. In August 2020, Pakistan first acknowledged the presence of Dawood Ibrahim on its soil when the government imposed extensive sanctions on 88 banned terror groups and their leaders. Dawood's name was also included in this.
Tirumurti also said that the Islamic State (IS) has changed the way it operates and is now regaining its strength in Syria and Iraq. At the same time, regional organizations associated with it are strengthening their expansion, especially in Africa and Asia. Similarly, al-Qaeda remains a major threat and recent developments in Afghanistan have revived it. Al-Qaeda's ties with Security Council-banned terrorist organizations such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed continue to strengthen. Its associated regional organizations in Africa are constantly expanding. The era of classifying terrorists as 'your terrorist' and 'my terrorist' is over, he said.
Overall, Tirumurti, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, targeted Pakistan and Dawood. He said that the crime syndicate responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts was not only given government protection but was also given five-star level hospitality.