Afghanistan urges UNSC strong action against enablers of terrorism
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has asked the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) to address the issue of enablers of terrorism including the role of state elements in orchestrating and facilitating the growth of terrorism in the region.
The views were expressed as frustration over the continued presence of safe havens across the border with support from the establishment reached at its peak.
“As a strategic imperative, we must move beyond rhetoric and address the enablers of terrorism, including the role of state elements in orchestrating and facilitating the growth of terror,” the Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Mahmoud Saikal said in his address to the UNSC during an open discussion on the current situation in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
“We need to review the state of UN counter-terrorism efforts to identify and address gaps in the implementation, and assess what needs to be done by relevant UN agencies to achieve results and effectively fulfill their mandates,” Saikal said.
Referring to the series of terrorist attacks inside the country in recent weeks, Saikal said that President Ashraf Ghani on August 25 called Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff and asked for serious and practical measures against the organizers of the attack on the American University in Kabul.
Stating that the Taliban's brutal attacks have continued in different parts of the country, with particular focus on Helmand, Kunduz and Paktia provinces, the Ambassador alleged that their aim was to create a durable political geography inside Afghanistan for the Quetta Shura and Haqqani leadership.
“The response from the ANDSF has been remarkable. Successive Taliban and Daesh attacks were repulsed in different parts of the country, which proves that these extremist factions do not have the capacity to hold territory anywhere in Afghanistan,” he said. However, we are putting in place measures to preempt rather than react to their attacks, he added.
Saikal alleged that Pakistan has not been playing a constructive role in peace talks with the Taliban.
“Despite our constant outreach and efforts at the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG), Pakistan has not utilized the opportunity to play genuine peacemaker yet,” he said.
“It deserves attention that based on the QCG roadmap they must take necessary measures against irreconcilable Taliban elements to win international community's due recognition as a serious and genuine partner in the fight against terrorism,” Saikal said.
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