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Time for UN to discuss state sponsorship of terrorism: Saikal

Time for UN to discuss state sponsorship of terrorism: Saikal

Mar 09, 2018 - 16:44

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Without directly naming Pakistan, Afghanistan on Thursday slammed its neighbor for exporting terrorism to it and urged the United Nations Security Council to have a discussion on state sponsor of terrorism.

 “In light of increased terrorist activities around the world, the time has come that we openly debate the regional state sponsorship of terror outfits exported to our country and let the world know more of its behavior,” Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mahmoud Saikal told the 15-membered body during an open debate on Afghanistan.

For too long the debate on state-sponsored terrorism has been kept away from international forums, including the United Nations, he said. Beyond the intelligence networks, the rest of the world knows little about the behavior of this aspect of terrorism at national, regional and international levels, he added.

 “The regional state sponsors of terror outfits exported to our country have recently pursued new methods of denial and belligerence by playing reverse psychology and attempting to distort narratives,” Saikal said.

Irrefutable evidence of complicity in facilitating safe havens and logistical support to terrorists has been responded to by failed methods of counter-narration – accusing Afghanistan of "providing safe havens to terrorists," he alleged.

Saikal said exploiting democratic political dynamics of Afghanistan, they attempted to sow discord among Afghans, victimize refugees by unfairly linking them to terrorism, and portray their orchestrated terror attacks as "civil war.”

“According to the latest UN report, Afghanistan has suffered more than 10,000 civilian casualties yearly, over the past four years, mainly caused by terrorist attacks plotted beyond its frontiers, he said.

 “In desperation they don't even hold back from such heavily risk-prone attempts as to abuse and manipulate ironclad and all-weather friendships in international relations in favor of concealing the evidence of their sponsorship of terrorism, obfuscating facts and distorting narratives at regional and global forums,” Saikal said.

The Kabul Process is not just about outreach to the Taliban. It is about ending the conflict, achieving peace and preserving the democratic order for which numerous Afghans and allies have sacrificed their lives. “Moreover, the Taliban should not be permitted to misuse the opportunity presented as they have done so in the past,” Saikal said.

In her remarks, Pakistan’s top diplomat Maleeha Lodhi said her country would play its part in fostering such a dignified process. She renewed the call for the Taliban to renounce violence and join the peace talks.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin said that despite the international community efforts, those supporting the terrorists affecting Afghanistan have not been deterred.

 “There are still those who provide sanctuaries to support the dark agendas of terrorist organizations like the Taliban, Haqqani Network, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, LeT and JeM.  Indeed the challenges posed by cross border terrorism emanating from safe havens and sanctuaries to Afghanistan and to our region must be addressed,” he said.