Permanent Representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin has again demanded international action against LeT and the JeM, which are based in Pakistan. He added that action should be taken immediately against the two groups, which are affiliates of al-Qaida, to promote peace an stability.
Referring to the UN’s inability and vertical split to impose sanctions against the terrorist groups, Akbaruddin blamed China for the fiasco.
“It was high time that we must address the support that the Taliban, Haqqani Network, Daesh, aI-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed get from their shadowy supporters,” said Akbaruddin.
It may be noted China had blocked India’s efforts to have sanctions imposed on Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar, who was behind the Pathankot air base attack.
As a member of the UNSC, China released Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the LeT commander who masterminded the 2008 attack on Mumbai, on bail, to defend Pakistan. Lakhvi was on the UN list of those facing sanctions as terrorists.
Citing poet Rumi, he told Pakistan that “What one sows will bear fruit. If one has any sense my friend, don’t plant anything but peace.” He said to bring sustainable peace to Afghanistan, groups perpetrating violence shouldn’t be given safe havens.
The international community has to make “it clear that we will neither roll over in the face of terror, nor will we of allow the roll back of the achievements of the resolute people and government of Afghanistan in the last decade and a half”, he said.