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Afghan security vulnerable, urgent to wipe out terrorism: India at UN

"Afghanistan has the will and the capacity to defend its territory and our patience should not be tested," Afghan Ambassador to the UN Mahmoud Saikal

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

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

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 to UN, Tanmaya Lal said during an open debate of the on

"The support for terrorist organisations like the Taliban, the 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. has an important responsibility in this regard in our collective interest," Lal said.

"The continued resilience shown by the Afghan people and security personnel have 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 has implications not only for the region but the entire world.

"While new threats emerge from the Daesh, the cannot even decide whether to designate the new leaders of 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 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

"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.

First Published: Fri, December 22 2017. 09:45 IST