At UN, India raises questions about source of terror funding

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 22, 2017

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.

She urged that a political solution together with military options in Afghanistan is mutually incompatible.

Pakistan, Lodhi asserted at the UNSC, was committed not to allow its territory to be used for terrorism against other countries.

"It is the global community's first and foremost duty to ensure that the resurgent forces of terrorism and extremism do not find sanctuaries and safe havens anywhere and at any level", Akbaruddin said.

The ambassador told the 15 member Council that Pakistan is "implementing border controls, including the fencing and monitoring of vulnerable sections of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border".

Responding to critical remarks made by her Afghan counterpart during the debate, she said: "As a country that continues to host over two million Afghan refugees, Pakistan expects gratitude and not hostility from the Afghan government". "It would not yield a political settlement".

Stressing the need to find a negotiated solution, she said that Pakistan has done whatever it can to help facilitate such a negotiated settlement. She also recalled Pakistan's engagement with the Heart of Asia conference, the International Contact Group, the Moscow Format, and, most recently, the Kabul process, among others.

But she made it clear that while others could help by promoting a negotiated settlement, peace could only be negotiated when the Afghan parties desired it and eschewed a military solution.

"While no two conflicts are comparable, one wonders why, despite the worst possible violence witnessed in Afghanistan, this Council doesn't think appropriate to meet more often than at routine quarterly debates on the situation in Afghanistan", said Akbaruddin, taking a jab at one of those very "routine quarterly debates" he was participating in, thus underscoring his message.

Afghanistan has for long blamed Pakistan for aiding and abetting terrorists responsible for the attacks on its soil. "All of them face a common threat from Daesh and the terrorist groups affiliated with it".

In a no-holds-barred attack on both Pakistan and the United States at the UN, India today slammed its neighbour for providing safe havens to terror and chided the U.S. over its policy to continue support to the Islamic nation.

He called for urgent action to strengthen stability, including through improving the government's credibility, and urged all parties to exercise restraint and avoid violence. "In the last few months, Afghanistan has faced some of the worst attacks on its territories".

"Without enhanced efforts by the National Unity Government to increase political inclusiveness, strengthen accountability, and improve the Government's credibility, particularly in the security sector, we are likely to face more crises in an increasingly fragile environment".

He also criticised the Security Council for at times even shying away from condemning some of the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.

On his part, the Afghan Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal said reversing the tide against terror was contingent on eliminating support centres beyond the country's borders that produced, nurtured and empowered terrorists operating in Afghanistan.

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