Counter-Terrorism Current Affairs - 2020

United Nations: Tehrik-i-Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud of Pakistan declared global terrorist

The United Nations Security Council has added Baitullah Mehsud of Pakistan to ISIL and Al-Qaida sanctions list. This has brought in asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo to the Pakistani national.

Highlights

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Terror in Pakistan (TTP) leader Noor Wali Mehsud was designated as global terrorist by the United Nations for participating in financing and planning acts in support of Al-Qaida.

In June 2018, Mehsud was named the head of Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan after the death of Maulana Fazlullah.

Attacks

The TTP was black listed by the United Nations in 2011. The group has claimed responsibility for deadly terrorist attacks in Pakistan. This includes attack on Pakistani security forces in July 2019, bomb attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in August 2019. The group has also claimed responsibility for bombing Times Square in 2010

ICGS Sachet Commissioned in Goa: First Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel

On May 15, 2020, the Indian Coast Guard commissioned the first Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel, ICGS Sachet in Goa. The ceremony was chaired by the Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh virtually.

Highlights

ICGS Sachet is one of the five ships under CGOPV (Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vehicle) project. The project was a follow-on project of the earlier six ship CGOPV project that was completed in 2017.

About ICGS Sachet

All the five ships including ICGS Sachet are 105 metres long and are capable of carrying 2,350 tonnes of load. These vessels are fitted with technologically advanced machinery and control systems. They make them the most advance patrol vessels in the Indian Coast Guard system.

The ships have been designed to carry five high speed boats and twin-engine light helicopters.

CG OPV project

Under the CG OPV that completed in 2017, six Samarth-class ships were commissioned to the Indian Coast Guard. They are now in operation with the ICG.

Samarth Class OPV

The Samarth Class OPV were preceded by the Vishwast Class OPV and succeeded by the Vikram Class OPVs. It was initiated following the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Because, the intelligence unit found that the terrorists involved in the attack reached India by seas.