India on Thursday slammed Pakistan for supporting terrorism and said that challenges posed by cross-border terrorism emanating from safe havens and sanctuaries to Afghanistan and other regions should be addressed soon.
Speaking at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting, India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin said,"There are still those who provide sanctuaries to support the dark agendas of terrorist organisations like the Taliban, Haqqani Network, ISIS (Islamic State), Al-Qaeda, LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) and JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed)."
"Indeed the challenges posed by cross-border terrorism emanating from safe havens and sanctuaries to Afghanistan and to our region must be addressed," he added.
Akbaruddin further said that "India welcomed the UNSC's focus on linkages between terrorism, extremism, drug peddling and illegal exploitations of natural resources in Afghanistan." The transnational networks of crime, drugs and terrorism had to be dealt hardly.
Hailing Afghanistan's decision of initiating a new peace plan to the Taliban to end violence, Akbaruddin stated, "These efforts of the Afghan government calling on the armed groups to end violence and join the national peace and reconciliation process that would protect the rights of all Afghans, including women, children and the minorities deserve our full support."
He described the Afghan government's "new call for peace" as a "concrete approach to the Taliban to join the mainstream" that was made "despite the fact that armed groups have identified themselves and demonstrated to all of us that they are irreconcilable".
OneIndia News (with agency inputs)