India's raises questions of terror sponsorship in the UN

Pauline Gross
June 22, 2017

There has been a spurt in the number of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan recently, including the Kabul blast that killed hundreds of people and left millions others horror-struck.

"The worldwide community's collective inability and unwillingness to see the problem for what it is has inflicted huge costs on the people of Afghanistan", India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin told the Security Council on Wednesday during a debate on the situation there.

By considering Afghan attacks as routine, Akbaruddin said, "We appear to be failing in asking some crucial questions".

Mincing no words, Mr Akbaruddin, speaking at a Security Council debate on Afghanistan, questioned where are these anti-government elements were getting their weapons, explosives, training and funding from.

- "Where do they find safe havens and sanctuaries?" How is it that these elements have stood up against one of the biggest collective military efforts in the world?

"Both countries have suffered the most from the menace of terrorism and Afghanistan should work with Pakistan to eliminate terrorism from the region", Lodhi said.

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Earlier, in a scathing report, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Tadamichi Yamamoto had warned that the recent surge of violent attacks in Afghanistan could signal a much worse and more fragile period ahead. Attacks on hospitals, schools, funerals, or worldwide development agencies and diplomatic missions seem to be aimed at sending a message to a nation trying to stand on its feet.

Pakistan's Permanent Representative to UN Maleeha Lodhi asserted that safe havens for militants of Tehrik-i-Taliban were in Afghanistan not outside as they control a large area in the country.

Akbaruddin also asserted that the global community should not differentiate between good and bad terrorists, as he admonished attempts to play one group against the other.

The Taliban, Haqqani Network, Al Qaeda, Daesh, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others like them should be treated like terrorist organisations with no justifications offered for their activities, he added. "All of them face a common threat from ISIS and the terrorist groups affiliated with it", she said.

In Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, inside a military camp nearby the third largest city in Afghanistan, the situation got out of control just before the U.S. sanctioned to send more American troops to train the Afghani forces to fight against Taliban and ISIS.

This comes as the Afghan officials have always been emphasizing that the leadership councils of the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network are based in the key cities of Pakistan, including Peshawar and Quetta, from where they plan and carry out deadly attacks inside Afghanistan. We would appreciate broader and more informal discussions on the matter with all important stakeholders. "The worldwide community's collective inability and unwillingness to see the problem for what it is has inflicted huge costs on the people of Afghanistan", India's United Nations envoy said.

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