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UNSC Must Step Up Pressure on Pak to Change its Behavior

Afghanistan, partners need to focus on internal challenges: Lodhi US should address challenges inside Afghanistan rather shifting onus on others: Maleeha Lodhi
Ellis Copeland | 21 January, 2018, 04:21

Unfazed by allegations of the global community, Pakistan remained in denial mode and continued its rhetoric against India by raising the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer who was captured in March previous year and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on the charge of espionage.

Defence minister Khurram Dastagir says Pakistan's deteriorating relationship with the United States has led to a decline in the security and intelligence cooperation between the two allies to an nearly non-existent level.

She added: "With its safe havens inside the country and income from the narcotics trade, the insurgency doesn't need any outside assistance or "support centers" to sustain itself".

The United States Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan too pressurized Pakistan to eliminate the terror sanctuaries from its territory. In response, Pakistani representative Maleeha Lodhi raised the case of Jadhav.

Speaking during a debate on worldwide peace and security and building a regional partnership with Afghanistan at the United Nations, Akbaruddin said, "Terrorism and externally induced instability pose the gravest threat to Afghanistan's peace, 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", said during a special ministerial meeting on Afghanistan".

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"We seek to work cohesively and effectively with Pakistan, but can not be successful if the status quo, one where terrorist organisations are given sanctuary inside the country's borders, is allowed to continue", Sullivan said.

"If we do so, the decay, which has been inflicted on Afghanistan, can be made reversible", he added.

But he lamented that the visit was followed by a heinous and barbaric terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase on January 1, 2016.

"These mind sets differentiate between good and bad terrorists". Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN Maleeha Lodhi was responding to Indian Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin, who said Pakistan needs to change its "mindset" of differentiating between good and bad terrorists. "We are seeing that we are closer to talks with the Taliban and the peace process than we've seen before". The US insisted that Islamabad join its efforts to bring a resolution to the conflict.

Lodhi said that Afghanistan and its partners - including the United States - should focus on challenges inside Afghanistan rather than shift the onus for ending the conflict onto others. He said the Islamabad's mindset was "reluctant to join hands in moving the region forward" and needed to change.

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