India seeks zero tolerance against terrorist safe havens at UNSC meeting

Sep 26, 2017 11:30 IST
India seeks zero tolerance against terrorist safe havens at UNSC meeting

India sought for zero tolerance against terrorist safe havens anywhere and at any level during the recent UN Security Council meeting, which was held in Afghanistan.

India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, urged the UN that there should not be any differentiation between good and bad terrorists and nor should one group be played against the other.

Akbaruddin said that the Taliban, Haqqani Network, Al-Qaida, Daesh, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their kind are all terrorist organisations and they should be treated like that with no justification for their activities.

Further, urging the international community to not remain silent, he said that it is the community's first and foremost duty to ensure that these forces of terrorism and extremism do not find sanctuaries and safe havens anywhere.

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International view

Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani joined Akbaruddin in identifying terrorist safe havens across the border. He stated that terrorism has menaced Afghanistan for several decades now, with its roots located in terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens outside of the country.

"The scourge of terrorism and violent extremism affecting Afghanistan is the product of a long-standing policy by a neighbouring state to keep Afghanistan unstable," said Rabbani.

European Union’s representative, Joanne Adamson also stressed that it is important that the international community remains strongly committed to accompanying Afghanistan towards long-term peace, security and stability.

Iran’s ambassador to the UN, Eshagh AI-Habib also expressed regret over the fact that even a decade after its invasion, Afghanistan, the region and the world was not any safer.

The Turkish representative expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation and the presence of Daesh in the country.

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Afghanistan: Terror background

Afghanistan has been one of the worst-hit countries when it comes to terrorism. The situation in the nation has remained particularly painful and disturbing with security worsening with each growing day.

The country has witnessed endless attacks on its various institutions including hospitals, schools, foreign embassies, international development agencies and even during funerals and diplomatic missions, which is a serious matter of concern.

Further, the multiple crises inflicted on the nation have made its territory attractive for more criminal and terrorist groups, who are well connected to the international terror and crime networks.

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