Support for terror outfits must be forced to stop: India at UN

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Supporters of terror organisations  like Taliban, Haqqani network and Lashkar-e- Taiba must be forced  to stop and all safe havens must end, India has told the UN Security  Council, expressing concern over the collapse of security situation  in Afghanistan.

Terrorists continue to attack the most vulnerable, including the  sick in hospitals, children in schools, devotees in mosques and even  mourners at funerals. Terrorist groups have gained territory, Deputy

Permanent Representative of India to UN, Tanmaya Lal said during  an open debate of the Security Council on Afghanistan.

"The support for terrorist organisations like the Taliban, the Haqqani  Network, Daesh, Al Qaeda and its designated affiliates such as Lashkar-e-Taiba  and Jaish-e- Mohammed from outside Afghanistan, must be forced to  stop," Lal said.

"All safe havens and sanctuaries available to such groups outside  Afghan borders must end. Security Council has an important responsibility  in this regard in our collective interest," Lal said.

"The continued resilience shown by the Afghan people and security  personnel has been exemplary but hopes of a better future still appear  distant. Our regular consultations and the work done by the Council  have not been enough to more effectively reverse the situation on  the ground," he added.

Lal said it has been painfully clear since long that the

security  situation in Afghanistan has implications not only for the region  but the entire world.

"While new threats emerge from the Daesh, the Security Council cannot  even decide whether to designate the new leaders of Taliban or to  freeze the assets of the slain leader of the group more than a year  after the issue was brought to its attention," Lal said.

In his address to the Security Council Afghan Ambassador to the  UN Mahmoud Saikal said Afghanistan's patience on indiscriminate shelling  from across the border by Pakistan should not be tested.

"Under the pretext of receiving fire from our side, Pakistan's violations  across the Durand Line, including indiscriminate artillery shelling,  has continued unabated throughout 2017, resulting in the loss of  innocent lives and destruction of villages," he said.

The proposal of Afghanistan for engagement and operational coordination  towards addressing these concerns has not seen any response, he told  the UN Security Council. "At the same time, Afghanistan has the will and the capacity to  defend its territory and our patience should not be tested," Saikal said.

Afghanistan believes that confidence building measures can only  be successful when violations of this nature come to a complete halt, he said.

"In a similar vein, we are also in communication on the imperative  of addressing terrorists' regional safe havens and hope to see positive  developments on this front soon," he said adding that Afghanistan  looks forward to the upcoming trilateral meeting in Beijing next  week between the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and  China.



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