India has indirectly pointed to Pakistan and told the UN that Afghanistan can only succeed if there are no more terrorist activities from across the ‘Durand Line’. India said that the accountability of those who harbored terrorists should be fixed and the Security Council should speak clearly against such forces. The Durand Line is a 2,640-km border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador TS Tirumurthy said on Friday, “We are of the view that the peace process and violence cannot go hand in hand and we call for an immediate ceasefire.” For long-term peace in Afghanistan, we have to eliminate the safe havens of terrorists operating from across the Durand Line.
In an Area Formula meeting held on the ‘Security Council’s role in supporting the peace process in Afghanistan’, he said that the report of the ‘Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team’ under the Al Qaeda / Daesh Sanctions Committee underlined that in Afghanistan Foreign fighters are present. He said that to eliminate violence in Afghanistan, the supply chain of terrorists would have to be broken.
“The time has come for the Security Council to speak out clearly against violence and terrorist forces and acts and take action against terrorist hideouts and their safe havens,” Tirumurthy said.
Without naming any country, he said, Afghanistan can only succeed if terrorist activities are not conducted from across the Durand Line. Terrorism and violence can have no role in shaping Afghanistan’s future. It is important to ensure that terrorists who threaten Afghanistan or any other country in the region have no shelter.
Tirumurthy said that Afghanistan is in critical condition today and it is important for the international community, especially the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), to send the right message to all concerned.
The Indian Ambassador also emphasized that the international community cannot afford to lose the gains made in the last two decades because the progress so far has been made with hard work. He said that India is committed to assisting the development, reconstruction and capacity building of $ 3 billion in Afghanistan since 2001.