New Delhi: Making a veiled attack on Pakistan, India at the United Nations (UN) said that the country has provided safe havens to various terror outfits like the Taliban and the LeT for carrying out their “dark agendas” in Afghanistan. In a veiled reference, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said that the terror groups, aided by Pakistan, continue to pursue military operations, perpetrating violence in several parts of Afghanistan.

“Taliban, aided by their supporters, continue to pursue military ops, perpetrating violence over several parts of Afghanistan. These offences are planned and launched by those harboured in safe havens in neigbourhood of Afghanistan,” Syed Akbaruddin said. Without naming Pakistan, Akbaruddin said that these safe havens for years have provided safety to the “dark agendas” of the terror groups.

He said, “These sanctuaries have, for years, provided safety for dark agendas of ideologically and operationally fused terror networks like Taliban, Haqqani network, Daesh, Al Qaeda and its prescribed affiliates Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.”

Akbaruddin further said the agendas of these terror organisations draw financial sustenance not only from extortion and forced levies and taxes, but also benefit significantly from criminal networks operating drug cartels and stealing Afghanistan’s natural resources. He alleged that 60 per cent of the Taliban’s revenues is coming from the drug trade and poppy cultivation.

On deteriorating security situation on account of the growing insurgency, India noted that it was time to “strengthen our collective support for the Government and people of Afghanistan and the brave Afghan National Defence and Security Forces to counter the inhumanity.” Noting that there is “no military” solution to the issue, India said that the Secretary General’s current report fails to address this very key issue in an adequate matter including drug production and illegal exploitation of natural resources of the country.

Extending support to the country in its fight against terrorism, he said that it is willing to work with all the countries to bring a lasting solution to the situation in Afghanistan.

“India stands ready to support Afghanistan in every way we can. Our focus remains on the economic pillar of stability and reliable connectivity for the people of Afghanistan. We strongly believe that lack of connectivity directly impacts the economic, security and political situation in Afghanistan and we want to address this crucial issue for the benefit of the Afghan people,” he said. The Indian delegation made the remarks at UN Security Council Open Debate on The Situation in Afghanistan.