Pakistan-based terror groups Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba are banned UN Security Council terror organizations that must be summoned and condemned in the strongest possible terms, Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla said.
Addressing the media during the UN Security Council’s eviction on Monday, Mr Shringla emphasized that the Council resolution on Afghanistan, adopted under the Indian presidency, refers to individuals and terrorist organizations designated by the world organization.
Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed as well as the Haqqani Network are prohibited terrorist entities under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 (1999) on ISIS (Da’esh), Al Qaeda and associated individuals, groups, companies and entities.
JeM founder Masood Azhar and LeT chief Hafiz Saeed are also listed as global terrorists under the Sanctions Regime of 1267.
“Today’s UN Security Council resolution… is a very important and timely ruling, coming under the Indian presidency of the UN Security Council. I would like to emphasize that the resolution makes it very clear that Afghan territory should not be used to threatening or attacking another country in particular also underscores the importance of counter-terrorism and refers to the individuals and entities designated under Security Council Resolution 1267,” Shringla said.
“In that context, I may mention that the LeT and the JeM are prohibited entities of the UN Security Council, terror entities that should be summoned and condemned in the strongest possible terms. So from that point of view I think it was quite unequivocal in the Council and I think that also reflects the views of Council members as we understand them from the discussions,” he said.
Mr Shringla chaired Security Council meetings as chairman of the powerful 15-nation UN body as India’s month-long presidency draws to a close.
The Council passed a strong resolution drafted by France, the UK and the US, with 13 members voting in favor and the permanent veto-entitled members China and Russia abstaining.
Responding to questions from reporters after the resolution’s adoption, Mr Shringla said that as a neighbor to Afghanistan, a country with which India has a historical ties, the Council’s resolution and engagement on Afghanistan in the month of August is “very important .”
“I have already told you about the number of results on Afghanistan that the Council has produced in the last month and I think these are all very, very important results,” he said.
During the month of August, the Council under India’s presidency held three sessions on Afghanistan and issued three press statements on 3, 16 and 27 August, the latter strongly condemning the “deplorable attacks” near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on 26 August.
On the penultimate day of the Indian presidency, the Council issued a strong resolution on Afghanistan, once again condemning in the strongest terms the attacks near Kabul airport.
“The attack, claimed by the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, an entity affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Da’esh), resulted in the death and injuries of more than 300 civilians and 28 military personnel, and notes the Taliban’s condemnation of this attack,” it said.
The resolution “demands that Afghan territory be not used to threaten or attack any country or to harbor or train terrorists, or to plan or fund terrorist acts, and reiterates the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan, including persons and entities designated under Resolution 1267 (1999), and takes note of relevant Taliban commitments.”
Mr Shringla said India has made efforts over the past 20 years to provide development aid to the people of Afghanistan.
“Over the past two decades, we have provided more than $3 billion in aid to Afghanistan in infrastructure development, capacity building, education, agriculture and areas important to the people of Afghanistan,” he said.
It is well known that India, as President of the Council, has worked very closely on the resolution on Afghanistan and has played an important, constructive and bridging role.
India’s concerns and views have been taken to heart and reflected in the resolution. The fact that the resolution, which came just a day before the end of the Indian Presidency of the Council and which uses strong language on counter-terrorism, underlines that India has kept the Council’s attention on the situation in Afghanistan throughout the month of the Presidency.
The resolution is seen as a first in terms of highlighting the situation in the war-torn country, including highlighting the need to build on Afghanistan’s achievements over the past 20 years.
The Security Council statement of August 3 on the ‘escalating violence in Afghanistan’, issued by the Permanent Representative of the President of India to UN Ambassador TS Tirumurti, had reaffirmed that there is no military solution to the conflict and stated that they restore the Islamic emirate.
The Council had expressed deep concern at the high levels of violence in Afghanistan following the Taliban military offensive and called for an immediate reduction in violence.
The August 16 statement, a day after the Taliban took control of Kabul, “reaffirmed the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan to ensure that the territory of Afghanistan cannot be used to threaten or threaten any country.” and that neither the Taliban nor any other Afghan group or individual should support terrorists operating on the territory of another country.”
The August 27 statement on the airport attacks had underlined the need to hold to account and bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible terrorist acts.
The Council had “reiterated the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan to ensure that the territory of Afghanistan cannot be used to threaten or attack any country, and that no Afghan group or individual operate in the territory of a country.”
While the August 27 statement stated that “no Afghan group or individual” should support terrorists operating on the territory of any country, it was learned that the specific reference to the Taliban here, as made in the statement of 16 August, was removed from China on request.
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