New Delhi: India has slammed Pakistan at United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) for destabilising Afghanistan and continuing to provide sanctuaries to terror organisations in its territory. Delivering India’s statement in UNGA, Indian Diplomat Eenam Gambhir said, “Offensives are planned and launched by those who are harboured in safe havens in the neighbourhood of Afghanistan. These sanctuaries have, for years, provided safety for the dark agendas of ideologically and operationally-fused terror networks like the Taliban, Haqqani network, Daesh, Al- Qaeda and its prescribed affiliates such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.”
India also said that “It is clear that the terrorists and those who plan such attacks are not interested in peace. The goalposts for them have changed”, adding that “the terrorists and their supporters have now set up industries amongst them of narcotics and illegal mining in the territories they control stealing the resources of the Afghan people and to fund more violence and terrorism.”
As per the latest reports on Global Terrorism Index released earlier this week, Afghanistan is now the world’s deadliest country for terrorism. One-quarter of all worldwide terrorism-related deaths during 2017 occurred in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has seen a number of terror attacks in 2018 in which hundreds of people have been killed. The Jalalabad suicide attack in July killed the man Sikhs including Atma Singh who was to represent the minorities in the Afghan Parliament.
India slammed Security Council sanctions committee for refusing to designate new leaders of the Taliban or to freeze the assets of the slain leader of Taliban saying “from the lessons from the past, we who are located in New York, are aware that peace in Afghanistan is tied to the peace and security in the entire world.”
Meanwhile talking about Pakistan- Afghanistan relationship, Afghanistan’s permanent representative to UN Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal said, “No country can benefit more from a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, than Pakistan itself.”
Kabul and Islamabad signed the Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity between Afghanistan and Pakistan (APAPPS) in April this year. The mechanism is aimed for improved cooperation to address outstanding concerns with respect to combating terrorism, and clear measures to advance peace efforts.
The Assembly held its annual debate on the situation in Afghanistan during which it adopted the resolution on the matter by a recorded vote of 124 in favour to none against, with 3 abstentions (Libya, Russian Federation, Zimbabwe). Through the terms of the draft, the Assembly pledges its continued support to Afghanistan as it rebuilds a stable, secure and economically self‑sufficient State, free of terrorism and narcotics.
India has emerged as one of the major development partners of Afghanistan in the last several years. The India-Afghanistan Air-Freight Corridor has helped Afghan products to reach India and via the Chabahar, India is getting connected to Afghanistan.
(With inputs from Sidhant Sibal, Zee News)