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Mar 20, 2017
Terrorism in Afghanistan has outside links: Saikal
Mar 20, 2017 - 08:40
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Days after his unprecedented attack against Pakistan for the latter’s alleged role in terrorist activities inside Afghanistan, the country’s top diplomat to the United Nations has said that the purpose was not to shame anybody but to draw the attention the world community outside links to the terrorism related incidents in his country.
“The world needs to know. Our intention is not to name or shame (anyone). Our intention is to let the world know what is the reality, what is going on in our region,” the Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Mahmoud Saikal told Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview.
Last week in his address before the UN Security Council, Saikal for the first time directly named Pakistan for terrorist activities inside Afghanistan. The Pakistani delegation denied such an allegation.
“It is my responsibility, and it's the voice of 30 million people of Afghanistan, to give them a first hand account about the real nature of the conflict. This is our responsibility, and in fact, the UN Charter has been very much challenged, and it's the responsibility of a member state, a responsible member state, when finds the charter being challenged, must inform the UN and the council to tell the council about this,” Saikal said.
By giving a true picture of the developments in the region, Saikal said Afghanistan was only playing the role of a responsible nation.
“Time has come that we go open. Given the fact that in the past couple of months, Afghanistan has been the scene of deadly terrorist attack,” he said referring to the series of latest attacks in the country including the one on a Kabul hospital, the credit for which is being claimed by ISIS.
If necessary, he said, the Government of Afghanistan was willing to provide necessary proof to the members of the UN Security Council to prove its point against the support to terrorism coming from outside.
“We spent all last year trying to explain our case in a diplomatic way. We were as diplomatic as possible. This time, I've been assigned by my government to keep the UN and the Security Council as informed as possible about the development in Afghanistan,” he said.
“Especially when it comes to the linkages between the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and outside, and also when it comes to the violation of territorial integrity, in different forms and shapes. So we will continue to keep the UN and the council informed about the development,” he said and hoped that there would be positive change from the neighboring country.
“If there is no change, we will intensify our efforts,” Saikal said.
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