End terrorism from Pakistan for Afghanistan peace: India

Prime News, National (New Delhi), November Under the shadow of the rushed US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, India on Friday warned that terrorism from across the Pakistan border must end for peace in the country.

India’s Permanent Representative T S Tirumurti, said at an informal meeting of the Security Council, “Afghanistan can succeed only when terrorism no longer flows across the Durand Line, the border with Pakistan.”

“It is important to ensure that no one provides sanctuary to terrorists who threaten Afghanistan or any other country in the region. Those who do so must be held accountable,” he said.

The recent targeted attacks on Afghan security forces, universities, women in positions of responsibility and youth “only serve to highlight the concerted effort by terrorists and their sponsors to erode the gains of the last two decades,” he said.

He said, “The international community, simply cannot afford to lose the gains of the last two decades. The progress achieved so far is hard-won. The future which we seek should have a place for every Afghan and should have space for everyone’s aspiration.”

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani, who spoke earlier, said that terrorism continues despite Taliban’s assurances to break away from Al-Qaeda and other terror groups.

“I would request the Council to stress the effective and thorough implementation of sanctions regimes as a key instrument for the success of the negotiations with Taliban,” he said.

India, which will become an elected member of the Security Council, was invited in a transitional process to participate in the informal session, known as an Arria Formula meeting.

Tirumirti said, “We will be starting our tenure in the Security Council at a crucial juncture for Afghanistan. We extend our assurance that India will continue to provide all support to the Government and people of Afghanistan.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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