India Criticises UN for Failing to Curtail Taliban in Afghanistan, Reaffirms Support for Afghan-led and Owned Peace Process

India has strongly held a stance and criticised the UN for its ‘failure’ to demonstrate any resolve towards curtailing the new Taliban leaders who are spreading violence and instability in Afghanistan.

Counselor in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Eenam Gambhir said at a UN General Assembly debate on the situation in Afghanistan that it is clear the terrorists who plan and perpetrate attacks against Afghanistan are not interested in peace.

“The goalposts for them have changed. The terrorists and their supporters have now set up industries amongst them of narcotics and illegal mining in the territories they control stealing the resources of the Afghan people and to fund more violence and terrorism,” she said.
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Citing the recently released Global Terrorism Index, in which Afghanistan topped the list as the world’s ‘deadliest’ country for terrorism, she expressed that while Afghans are striving for peace, the same is not being delivered to them.

Gambhir also appreciated the vast participation of the people of Afghanistan in the Parliamentary elections held last month despite terrorist violence, saying this shows their belief in democratic practices and principles.

“Democracy in Afghanistan is taking deeper roots,” she said.

She also reaffirmed India’s support for an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled inclusive process for peace, “Any meaningful progress towards sustainable peace requires cessation of terrorist violence, renunciation of links with international terrorism, respect for rights of common Afghan people, especially the women, the children and minorities.”

“Despite the challenges, the UN has not demonstrated the resolve to deal with the source of the problem. The Security Council sanctions committee, which refuses to designate new leaders of the Taliban or to freeze the assets of the slain leader of Taliban, is falling short of what is expected of it by the Afghans and international community,” she said.

She also added that “From the lessons from the past, we who are located in New York, are aware that peace in Afghanistan is tied to the peace and security in the entire world.
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Gambhir also emphasised the duality of commitments-that while the international community believes and advocates for a non-military solution to the issue, the Taliban continue to perpetuate military operations across Afghanistan.

As an indirect message to Pakistan, Gambhir said “these offensives are planned and launched by those who are harboured in safe havens in the neighbourhood of Afghanistan. These sanctuaries have, for years, provided safety for the dark agendas of ideologically and operationally-fused terror networks like the Taliban, Haqqani network, Daesh, Al- Qaeda and its proscribed affiliates such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.”

Gambhir said the reports of the Secretary General repeatedly demonstrate violence:”We witnessed an increased frequency of attacks, in places never imagined before; even the sick and wounded in hospitals, young boys and girls in schools, praying devotees in mosques, and even mourners at funerals, were not spared by the forces of terror and violence,” she said.

The General Assembly recently held its annual debate on the scenario in Afghanistan during which it adopted a resolution which recorded vote of 124 in favour to none against, with three abstentions (Libya, Russia, Zimbabwe).

Through the terms of the draft resolution, the Assembly pledged its continued support to Afghanistan as it rebuilds a stable, secure and economically self-sufficient State, free of terrorism and narcotics, whilst encouraging partners to cooperate fully.

Assuring New Delhi’s support through all spheres she conceded that:

“In these endeavors we are mindful that all such [Chabahar port and Air Freight Corridors, etc] projects respect state sovereignty and territorial integrity and are based on universally recognized international norms, transparency and princi

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