India targeted Pakistan at the United Nations Security Council saying that the country needs to change its mindset of differentiating between good and bad terrorists. India’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin said this on Friday during a high-level Security Council meeting dealing with Afghanistan.
Emphasising that only by changing the terror mindset can peace come to Afghanistan, Akbaruddin said India is committed to work closely with its regional and international partners to bring peace, security, stability and prosperity in the country. Underlining that support for voices of peace in Afghanistan alone is not enough, Akbaruddin said, “We must focus on addressing the challenges posed by cross border terrorism emanating from safe havens and sanctuaries to our region and especially to Afghanistan”. “If we do so, the decay, which has been inflicted on Afghanistan, can be made reversible,” he added.
Terrorism has taken a huge toll on Afghanistan, Akbaruddin stressed, backing up his assertion with World Bank statistics. According to World Bank data, Afghanistan recorded a 9.6% annual economic growth rate from 2003 to 2014, but it fell to 2.2% in 2016 as terrorist activities spiked and recorded 2.6% in 2017.
Meanwhile, in a response to Akbaruddin’s statement, Pakistan raised the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav in the UNSC. “Those who talk of changing mindset need to look within, at their own record of subversion against my country as our capture of an Indian spy has proven beyond doubt,” Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi told the members of the UN Security Council, without naming Jadhav.
Earlier, the US told the UN Security Council that the status quo regarding continues terrorist safe havens in Pakistan is not acceptable and insisted that Islamabad join its efforts to bring a resolution to the conflict.