In an oblique but firm reference to Pakistan, India on Friday affirmed at the United Nations that Afghanistan can succeed only when terrorism no longer flows across the Durand Line, asserting that those providing sanctuary to terrorists must be held accountable and the Security Council should speak unequivocally against such forces.
“It is our view that peace process and violence cannot go hand in hand, and we call for immediate comprehensive ceasefire. For durable peace in Afghanistan, we have to put an end to terrorist safe havens and sanctuaries operating across the Durand Line,” India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador T S Tirumurti said.
Speaking at the Arria Formula Meeting on ‘What can the Security Council do to support the peace process in Afghanistan’, he said the report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team under the Al-Qaeda/Daesh Sanctions Committee has also highlighted the presence of foreign fighters in Afghanistan.
For violence to end in Afghanistan, these terrorist supply chains must be broken, Tirumurti said, adding, “It is time that the Security Council speaks unequivocally against violence and terrorist forces and acts against terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens.”