In a move sought by the US and India, the UN Security Council (UNSC) has moved to take a harsh unilateral action against certain organisations and individuals in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. The council's president Stjepan Mesic from Croatia after a daylong debate on the "threats to international peace and security caused by terrorists" read out a statement condemning the horrific attacks in Mumbai that killed 170 people including 26 foreign nationals. All 15 members of the UNSC unanimously supported the statement of its president. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also addressed the meeting and stressed that combating the global scourge must be one of the international community's main priorities. While blaming an already banned organisation in Pakistan - Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) - the UNSC has declared a Pakistan based charity organisation Jamaat-ud-Daawa as a front group for LeT, blaming it for the attacks on Mumbai and therefore recommended sanctions against it. However, no evidence of any sort was provided in support of the accusation. To meet the ends of justice, it was imperative that Pakistan's version should have been heard before the council passed a judgement. It is really surprising that out of the four suspected plotters of the Mumbai attacks Haji Muhammad Ashraf, Jamaat-ud-Daawa's chief of finance, died many years ago and another named Mahmud Mohammad Ahmad Bahaziq, an Indian born Saudi citizen, has nothing to do with Pakistan. The third individual Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, LeT alleged chief of operations, was arrested by the government of Pakistan last week before the UNSC meeting. The fourth wanted individual is Jamaat-ud-Daawa's Chief Hafiz M Saeed who has also been arrested by the government. This reflects the genuine efforts of the Pakistani government to act against any suspected terrorist according to the law of the land. But asking Pakistan to act against the dead or foreigners, not residing in Pakistan reflects rather poorly on the part of the UNSC and its sanction committee. The selective condemnation of the Mumbai attacks and total disregard of the blood bath of Palestinians by the Israeli forces and bleeding of Kashmiris under Indian bayonets shows the manner in which the guardians of the UN Charter are discharging their functions of maintaining peace amongst nations and how those responsible for destroying peace and waging war on false pretexts allowed to trample the freedom of smaller nations for their vested interests. This is a mockery of justice and the UN acting as the guardian of world peace. The so-called resolution of the council last Tuesday will prove counterproductive as it may impede our already ongoing war against terror. The council's decision may also have a rather dangerous impact on Islamabad's resolve to declare the war against terror as "Pakistan's own war." This will give an opportunity to the critics who are saying that the present government is toeing Washington and yet needs to "do more" in spite of all that has been done already which is more than all the other allies put together. Allow me to quote some of the speakers at the UNSC last session to illustrate my point about the new dangerous trend of the superpowers drifting towards jointly entering into an unholy alliance to dominate and capture the global resources at the cost of the sovereignty and independence of small nations. Unfortunately, this is an attempt to usher in a new pattern of imperialism which can spell a doom for the present UN because of its dangerous drift towards the League of Nations. It was the failure of the League of Nations that led to the World War II. The failure of the UN may well lead to the World War III (God forbid). Here are some quotes: "The attack in Mumbai was an attack on us all," said the British Ambassador to the UN. Worst attacks against Human Rights are being made round the clock all over the world. Why Britain does not stir? The Indian External Affairs Minister Ahmad said, "We have evidence that the terrorists were from LeT in Pakistan." Then why New Delhi does not share this evidence with Islamabad? The tragedy of the present situation is that by a strange co-incidence of events, a double envelopment is taking shape against Pakistan by Washington and New Delhi, each asking it to "do more" resulting in bringing the present crisis facing our nation, as admirably illustrated by Mr Arif Nizami in his article At the brink dated December 12, 2008 in The Nation. The writer is the president of the Pakistan National Forum E-mail: