India's permanent representative at the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin expressed solidarity with violence-ridden Afghanistan amid the abrupt cancellation of Taliban-Washington peace negotiation by US President Donald Trump and in the same tone lauded Afghanistan's efforts to flourish in other fields, despite the dark clouds of terror looming over the country.
Addressing the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin backed UN Secretary General's call for direct talks between the Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani's government and the Taliban and subsequently bashed neighbour Pakistan for backing terrorists and terror outfits to create instability in the South East Asia region.
The permanent UN representative of India accentuated on the surge of terrorism through safe havens provided by Pakistan to terror outfits including Taliban, Al Qaeda, LeT, JeM among others.
He said, "We meet at the time when Afghan people are marking a century of their independence this year. And their country stands at yet another transformational juncture even though the journey ahead may neither be easy nor predictable, we welcome the opportunities for peace and reconciliation emerging from the various efforts. We, therefore, support the UN Secretary General's call for direct talks."
"Peace and reconciliation cannot go forward in an atmosphere of terror. There is a surge of violence in Afghanistan in recent days, including threats to the election process itself. The support and safen havens enjoyed from beyond Afghanistan's borders, by groups such as the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, Daesh, as well as Al Qaeda and its prescribed affiliates including Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed must be addressed," he added.
Syed Akbaruddin acknowledged how the war-torn nation has thrived in other fields, including cricket, wherein the Afghanistan cricket team scripted history by winning their third test match. Afghanistan in a magnificent performance on field won by 224 runs against Bangladesh in their backyard.
He said, "Amidst the clouds of the uncertainty of the present, we should not forget the precious gains that the Afghan people have made in the last 18 years. Afghan's resilience and character shine through schools, colleges, theatres, markets, factories and indeed their sports grounds. Afghan cricketers, less than 48 hours ago, recorded their second victory in three cricket test matches that they have played thus far. Such a feat was last accomplished by any other country way back in the 19th century. This is only one instance symbolic of the many games that the Afghan people are making. We believe there is hope on the horizon."
Bloodshed unleashed in Kabul with a series of bomb blasts amid the tumbling Taliban-US peace negotiation, that was announced to be "dead" by the US President Donald Trump on September 10. During the peace deal process, Pakistan played a crucial role in bringing the armed group, Taliban to the table considering their influence and proximity.
Islamabad and Pakistan Army for the longest time has maintained a pro-Taliban stand and has old links with the terror organisation since its inception back in the mid-1990s. Pakistan, as per experts, has viewed the Taliban as the 'legitimate representatives' of Afghanistan as opposed to the Afghan government, who has long resented Islamabad's interference in the country's affairs.