India highlights threats posed by terrorist groups from Afghanistan to UNSC | Latest India News

India highlighted the threat to regional peace posed by terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan, including Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and the Islamic State, and called for stronger action by the Taliban to deliver on counter-terrorism commitments.

There has been a “significant increase” in the Islamic State’s presence in Afghanistan’s Khorasan province and its ability to carry out attacks, and links between groups listed by the UN Security Council as that LeT and JeM “pose a direct threat to the peace and stability of the region”, India’s UN envoy Ruchira Kamboj said Monday during a Security Council meeting on Afghanistan.

Referring to the establishment of the Taliban in Kabul, Kamboj said the recent findings of the sanctions monitoring team of the 1988 Sanctions Committee indicate “that the current authorities must take much stronger measures to fulfill their commitments against terrorism. “.

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“The links between the groups listed by the UN Security Council such as the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed as well as the provocative statements made by other terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan pose a direct threat to peace and stability in the region,” she said.

She added that there has been a “significant increase in ISIL-K’s presence in the country and its ability to carry out attacks”. ISIL-K, “with its base apparently in Afghanistan, continues to issue threats of terrorist attacks against other countries.”

The Islamic State-Khorasan province and al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent have in recent months issued statements threatening attacks in India over controversial remarks against the Prophet Muhammad by two former BJP spokespersons.

Kamboj also said that a series of attacks on religious places of minority communities, including the recent attack on a Sikh gurdwara in Kabul on June 18, followed by another bomb attack near the same shrine on July 27 , is “extremely alarming”.

“We must see concrete progress to ensure that these proscribed terrorists, entities or their pseudonyms receive no support, tacit or direct, either from Afghan soil or from regionally based terrorism sanctuaries,” she said. .

Kamboj noted that India was chair of the UN Security Council in August last year when UNSC Resolution 2593 was passed to clearly define the expectations of the international community regarding the situation in Afghanistan.

“These included ensuring that the territory of Afghanistan was not used to launch terrorist attacks against other countries; the formation of a truly inclusive and representative government; fight against terrorism and drug trafficking; and preserve the rights of women, children and minorities,” she said.

“The same message has been reiterated in subsequent resolutions, including the most recently adopted resolution 2626. Given these criteria, the current situation is indeed concerning,” she added.

Kamboj said that on the political front, India continues to call for an inclusive cast in Afghanistan that represents all sections of Afghan society.

“Broad, inclusive and representative training is necessary for national and international engagement,” she said.

“We also express our concern over developments in Afghanistan that have a direct impact on the well-being of women and girls,” she added.

Kamboj reiterated that India has direct interests in ensuring the return of peace and stability to Afghanistan as a contiguous neighbor and a long standing partner of the country. An Indian technical team has been deployed to the Kabul Embassy to monitor and coordinate the efforts of various stakeholders for effective delivery of humanitarian aid.

She listed the humanitarian aid provided by India so far, including 32 tons of medical assistance and more than 40,000 tons of wheat.

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