Pakistan urges UN to act against India over terror sponsorship

UN envoy accuses New Delhi on financing listed terror groups such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

Islamabad has urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to initiate immediate action against Indian agencies “sponsoring” terrorism against Pakistan.

Contrary to the international community’s consensus of finding a political solution to the Afghan conflict, India wants to prolong it by supporting terrorist groups such as the Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Jamatul Ahrar (JuA), Munir Akram, Pakistan’s envoy to the UN, said in a statement late Wednesday.

“Pakistan has provided irrefutable evidence of India’s support and financing of UN-listed TTP & JuA to UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee. We call on the Committee to initiate immediate action against Indian agencies involved in sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan,” he was quoted as saying in a statement shared by Pakistan’s UN mission.

Kabul and the Taliban are trying to come up with a roadmap for post-war Afghanistan after the promised withdrawal of foreign troops from the war-torn country.

But Islamabad accuses New Delhi of trying to sabotage the peace process, as well as supporting separatist elements that target infrastructure projects such as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Pakistan. India denies the allegations.

Akram said recent UN reports validate Pakistan’s actions against all terrorist groups.

In a Feb. 3 report to the UNSC, the UN Analytical and Monitoring Team said the TTP, which is now based in Afghanistan, carried out more than 100 cross-border attacks between July and October 2020.

It acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts to uproot terrorist groups involved in subversive activities in the Pak-Afghan region, and also addressed the reunification of TTP’s splinter groups as a point of concern.

Last November, Pakistan made public a dossier containing “irrefutable proofs” of the Indian “sponsorship of terrorism in Pakistan.” The allegations were not new but it said they were backed by specific evidence of financing, training, and correspondence of terrorists.

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