New Delhi: India abstained from voting on a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution exempting humanitarian aid from sanctions. The biggest reason for this is the neighboring country Pakistan. India distanced itself from the proposal, saying blacklisted terrorist groups, including neighbouring countries (Pakistan), could avail such humanitarian immunity.

All UNSC members, except India, supported the resolution. 14 out of 15 countries voted in favor of the resolution.

There was only one country in India that opposed this proposal. The proposal was introduced by the US and Ireland for sanctions, exempting humanitarian efforts. Washington insisted the resolution would “save countless lives”.

In this proposal, it was decided that the provision of money, other financial assets, economic resources, goods and services is necessary to ensure the timely delivery of humanitarian aid. This will not be considered a violation of the sanctions committee and asset freeze imposed by the UN Security Council.

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