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Pakistan asks UNSC to press Afghanistan for stopping TTP attacks

Pakistan asks UNSC to press Afghanistan for stopping TTP attacks


Calls for tracing the outlawed outfit’s sources of obtaining weapons, finances

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UNITED NATIONS (Web Desk/Dunya News) – Pakistan on Wednesday demanded the world community to press the Afghan government to stop the attacks carried by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Everyone should know how and from where the banned TTP is acquiring arms and ammunition, said Munir Akram – Pakistan’s permanent representative at the UN.

Addressing a UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan, Akram said there was a need to trace the financial sources of TTP in Pakistan’s western neighbour and the Afghan interim government should asked to sever ties with the terrorist organisation.

Earlier, Roza Otunbayeva – the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Afghanistan – said Pakistan too had serious reservations over the TTP and it would be difficult to recognise the Afghan Taliban government until they fulfilled all the promises they had made.

She briefed the gathering on the latest situation and said recent arbitrary arrest of Afghan women for alleged Islamic dress code violations was having a chilling effect among the wider female population, “many of whom are now afraid to move in public”.

“The denial of women’s and girls’ access to education and work, and their removal from many aspects of public life, have caused immense harm to mental and physical health, and livelihoods,” she added.

Otunbayeva recalled the second meeting of national and regional special envoys for Afghanistan, held in Doha on 18 and 19 February.

While the de facto authorities chose not to attend, they welcomed the secretary-general’s statement on the need for deeper consultations, she informed ambassadors.

“They explained that their decision to not attend was not a rejection of their stated desire to engage with the international community, but a reflection of their concern that they were not being treated as a full stakeholder in discussions about Afghanistan,” Otunbayeva said.

“They also stressed that consultations should be genuine and not merely a matter of the international community communicating its decisions to them,” she added.

Otunbayeva, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), further voiced concerns over “numerous negative trends” observed recently.

The UNAMA’s extensive monitoring and advocacy, including on human rights, has highlighted the denial of the civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights of the population, she said.

Notably, she highlighted the repression of women and girls, public displays of violence including corporal and capital punishment, a lack of inclusive governance, and the marginalization of minorities.

“It is true that day-to-day security has improved for millions of people since the Taliban takeover, but this has come at an enormous cost,” she said.

Otunbayeva stated that Afghanistan remains a persistent challenge for the international community.

With a history of instability, terrorism and contributing to 85 per cent of global opium production, the nation has also witnessed millions of refugees seeking refuge in neighbouring countries and beyond.

While the current state of relative stability deserves acknowledgment, it is crucial to recognize the substantial efforts made by the Taliban in curbing opium cultivation and combating Daesh, Otunbayeva said.

“But if the other issues I have mentioned are not addressed these achievements will not be enough to assure long-term sustainability,” she added.