Pakistan has told the U.N. Security Council that fundamental sources of insecurity in Afghanistan lie inside, not outside, given the fact that more than 20 terrorist organizations operate in that war-torn country.
“The Afghan government would be better advised to focus more seriously on its persisting challenges and embark on a course correction,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, said during a debate on the situation in Afghanistan.
Rejecting Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani’s insinuations that terrorism and violent extremism in Afghanistan were allegedly the product of Pakistan’s long-standing policy of keeping Afghanistan unstable, she said her country has a “vital stake” in building peace and security in the neighbouring nation.
The Pakistani envoy said that Da’esh was expanding its reach, a worrying sign for Afghanistan, but also for its immediate neighbours, while pointing out that many of the more than 20 terrorist organizations operating in Afghanistan were conducting terrorist attacks inside Pakistan.
Wars and turmoil in Afghanistan over the past four decades had afflicted the region with extremism and terrorism, Ambassador Lodhi said, noting that Pakistan continued to bear the brunt. The flow of terrorists, narcotics and refugees had severely impacted the country and stunted its growth.
Pakistan had fought “a very successful war against terrorism”, having crushed and eliminated terrorists on its towns and cities, she said, recalling that some 27,000 civilians and soldiers had been martyred.