Abdullah urged to demand UN’s pressure on Pakistan
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analysts and public representatives have urged Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah to present Afghanistan’s genuine and basic problems before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting which kicks off on Friday. They called on Abdullah to demand the world’s body mount pressure on Islamabad to stop interfering in Kabul’s affairs.
At the head of a delegation, Abdullah will represent Afghanistan at the annual UN general assembly meeting commencing on Sept 25. The UN meeting will evaluate the world’s situation under the theme: “Human Rights, Peace and Security.”
The fully-prepared Afghan delegation is said to be carrying a special agenda when it will join the assembly at the end of this month.
Abdullah’s deputy spokesman, Javed Faisal, said key points of the Afghan delegation’s agenda included strengthening of security in Afghanistan and the region, economic cooperation and threats posed by the Islamic State and other groups.
Accompanied by Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and other high officials, the CEO besides attending the UNGA meeting would also hold bilateral and trilateral meetings.
Some political experts call the UN meeting a chance for Afghanistan and say the unity government should fully avail it and use it to lodge protest against Pakistan for meddling in Afghanistan and supporting terrorism.
One of them, Aqa Shakhi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the UN meeting was a proper chance for the unity government to announce a clear stance against Pakistan and complain about Islamabad’s support for terrorism.
He said Kabul should not rely on verbal complaint only, but should produce valid documents in support of its claim and demand the UN to put pressure on Pakistan.
A government source also said the government had decided that Abdullah would raise the issue of UN pressure on Pakistan at the general assembly meeting.
The source said Afghanistan had rejected a quadrilateral meeting among Pakistan, the United States and China on Afghanistan on the sideline of the UN assembly and now the meeting would be trilateral without Pakistan.
Meshrano Jirga member Juma Din Giyanwal said participation of the Afghan delegation in the UNGA meeting was important and the delegation should focus its entire agenda on Pakistan’s interference in Afghanistan. “The Afghan delegation should convey the voices of Afghans to the world that the roots of terrorism are in Pakistan.”
Wolesi Jirga member from Sari Pul province, Sharifa Balkhabi, said the Abdullah-led delegation should present Afghanistan’s basic and fundamental problems before the UN and should urge the international community to take urgent and needed steps for security in the war-torn country.
“The UN meeting should exclusively discuss a join action against Daesh and Taliban in Afghanistan. It is not the responsibility of Afghans alone to give sacrifices on a daily basis, the world should remain loyal to a real and joint campaign against terrorism,” she said.
Ali Akbar Qasimi, a lawmaker from southern Ghazni province, believed the migration of skilled Afghan youth to foreign countries was a result of insecurity and inability and Pakistan was responsible for the situation.
The relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan recently worsened with the Kabul administration adopting a tough stance against Islamabad over alleged insincere cooperation in the war against terrorism.
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