India raises concern over terror havens beyond Afghanistan

RSTV Bureau
FILE: Kabul: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inspecting guard of honour during a welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Friday, December 25, 2015. Photo - PTI

FILE: Kabul: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inspecting guard of honour during a welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Friday, December 25, 2015.
Photo – PTI

In a veiled attack on Pakistan, India has called for ending what it termed special terror zones, safe havens and sanctuaries beyond Afghanistan. Addressing global terrorism needs an uncompromising response from the international community, India emphasised at United Nations.

It is imperative to address the support terror groups like the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, ISIS, al-Oaeda and its designated affiliates such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, operating outside the fabric of international law, draw from outside Afghanistan, Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Tanmaya Lal said.

“The Special Terrorist Zones, safe havens and sanctuaries beyond Afghanistan’s border must end,” Lal told a special meeting of the UN General Assembly on Afghanistan.

Addressing global terrorism needs a comprehensive, uncompromising and a cohesive response from the international community.

Afghanistan’s security and stability is tied to that of the entire region, he said, adding that India continues to support the government and the people of Afghanistan in realising a stable, secure, united, prosperous, democratic and pluralistic country.

India also urged the UNSC to work on mechanism to counter the funding of terrorists in Afghanistan, which they have been generating through their illicit activities. The global body can effectively utilise the 1988 sanctions regime to leverage for promoting peace, the envoy said.

“The Security Council is still debating whether or not to designate new leaders or to freeze the assets of the slain leader of the Taliban. Even as this debate is going on, we find new threats being posed by ISIS/Daesh in Afghanistan,” Lal said at the special debate.

Afghanistan CEO Dr Abdullah Abdullah was also present on the occasion.

UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak and Abdullah discussed the Afghanistan situation, focusing on Afghan-led and Afghan-owned processes and the importance of international assistance, officials said in a statement.

In his address to the General Assembly, Abdullah said in security, over recent months, Afghanistan’s national security forces have effectively thwarted attempts by the Taliban, alongside the affiliated Haqqani network, as well as elements of al-Qaida, Daesh and other recognised terror groups from making any notable gains, or capturing a major urban center.

“We are not dealing with one, but several terror outfits that either mirror each other under different labels or indirectly support overlapping agendas,” Abdullah said.

He said Afghanistan firmly believes that a “conditions- based approach and clear focus on resolving the problem of regional terrorist sanctuaries and support systems are core issues that will get us closer” to peace and stability.

(With inputs from Agencies)