India to UN Security Council: Focus on eliminating terror safe havens in Pakistan

Updated: Jan 21, 2018, 11:18 IST | Agencies | United Nations

Pakistan needs to change its "mindset" of differentiating between good and bad terrorists, India has told the UN Security Council, urging it to focus on challenges posed by terrorism emanating from the safe havens from across the border

Syed Akbaruddin
Syed Akbaruddin

Pakistan needs to change its "mindset" of differentiating between good and bad terrorists, India has told the UN Security Council, urging it to focus on challenges posed by terrorism emanating from the safe havens from across the border. Indian Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin told UNSC it is India's vision that Afghanistan regain its place and New Delhi remain committed to work closely with its regional and international partners to bring peace, security, stability and prosperity.

"There is a common Afghan saying that roughly translates as "If water is muddied downstream, don't waste your time filtering it; better to go upstream to clean it," Akbaruddin said during a special ministerial meeting on Afghanistan.

Akbaruddin said, "We must focus on addressing the challenges posed by cross border terrorism emanating from safe havens and sanctuaries to our region and especially to Afghanistan". "If we do so, the decay, which has been inflicted on Afghanistan, can be made reversible," he added. It is India's vision that Afghanistan regain its place and New Delhi remain committed to work closely with its regional and international partners to bring peace and security in Afghanistan.

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