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Calling For UNSC Sanctions On Afghanistan Terror Funding, India Targets Pakistan Safe Heavens

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| September 27 , 2017 , 12:59 IST

India has in the past brought attention to Pakistan providing a safe haven to terror groups, a point seconded internationally, however, while India had generally raised questions on terror groups working in India, now it has called for UN Security Council sanctions on Pakistan-based terror groups sponsoring terror in Afghanistan.

In the wake of the US calling for an increased participation in the efforts in war-torn Afghanistan, India urged the UNSC on Tuesday to place sanctions on groups funding terrorism in Afghanistan, many of which have safe havens in Pakistan.

Giving examples of Afghanistan-oriented terror groups such as the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, India emphasised that sanctions are the most effective way to wipe out safe havens for terror.

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Addressing the UNSC, India's permanent representative at the UN Syed Akbaruddin did not mention Pakistan by name but named all the terror groups based there.

"Anti-government terrorist elements are trying to undermine [the government] from their safe havens across the borders" of Afghanistan, said Akbaruddin.

"We support the determination to overcome the challenges of security faced by Afghanistan and the willingness of many in the international community to effectively deal with the issue of safe havens enjoyed by the terrorist organizations that pose a threat to the region and beyond," he added.

"The Security Council must act on the funds which the terrorists in Afghanistan are generating through their illicit activities," said Akbaruddin.

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"The multiple crises that have been inflicted on Afghanistan have made Afghan territory attractive for criminal and terrorist groups, who are well connected to international terror and crime networks. These groups are stealing the resources of Afghanistan which ought to belong to the people of the country," Akbaruddin said.

"We must not differentiate between good and bad terrorists, or play one group against the other. The Taliban, Haqqani Network, Al-Qaeda, Daesh, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and others of their ilk are all terror organizations, many of them proscribed by the UN. They should be treated like terrorist organizations with no justifications offered for their activities," he added.

Following the meeting between Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and US Defence Secretary James Mattis, where the US again called for increased participation of India in the Afghanistan efforts, Sitharaman highlighted the contributions India is making for Afghanistan development while maintaining that Indian troops would not be sent to Afghanistan.