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Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

At UN Security Council, India, US take on Pakistan

At UN Security Council, India, US take on Pakistan

Hitting back at countries alleging that safe havens for terrorists are present in Pakistan, she remarked: "indeed, with its safe havens inside the country and income from the narcotics trade, the insurgency doesn't really need any outside assistance or support centres to sustain itself". He said the Islamabad's mindset was "reluctant to join hands in moving the region forward" and needed to change.

The UN Security Council should step up pressure on Pakistan to "change its behavior", U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, January 17. Pakistan repeatedly has said it is acting against Taliban insurgents and members of the Haqqani militant group. He said it would include deploying more U.S. troops to the country and intensifying pressure on neighbouring Pakistan not to harbour terrorists.

Earlier this month, the USA froze almost $2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan arguing that Islamabad is not taking any decisive action against terrorists operating from its soil.

He urged worldwide efforts to isolate the Taliban, eliminate its sources of income and equipment.

Sullivan said there had already been joint US-Afghan progress against Islamic State terrorists in the eastern part of the country, reducing their territory and eliminating a third of the group's fighters. "The United States believes that the two are not linked".

AFTER a long long time, the quarters concerned seem to be serious on the issue of repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland.

"The continuing resort to military force and escalation of the conflict without an accompanying political and diplomatic strategy ... will produce more violence, not a political solution", she said.

"It is not enough to pay lip service to a negotiated settlement and then execute a strategy of force and coercion under the delusion that this will work in Afghanistan", asserted the ambassador.

Sullivan, Lodhi and Afghanistan's Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai did not mention the USA suspension of aid to Pakistan.

"Afghanistan and its partners, especially United States, need to address the challenges inside Afghanistan rather than shift the onus for ending the conflict onto other countries", she said.

Akbaruddin said India remains committed to working closely with its regional and global partners to bring peace, security, stability, and prosperity in Afghanistan.

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