India’s concern over sectarian, minority religion attacks shown in UNSC statement condemning Afghan mosque strike

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council highly condemned the” atrocious”ISIS terror attack on a mosque in Afghanistan and other current attacks against spiritual organizations in the war-torn nation, references that India categorically insisted on in a statement released by the powerful UN body and turned down any attempts to dilute them.
The 15-nation UNSC provided journalism declaration on Saturday in which the members “condemned in the greatest terms the godawful and cowardly terrorist attack in Kunduz, Afghanistan” on October 8.
“The attack, which was claimed by Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), an entity connected with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), resulted in more than 150 casualties killed and injured. The attack, which happened at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque, follows other current attacks versus religious organizations in Afghanistan,” the press declaration stated.
An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside the Shiite Mosque.
Sources said that India persevered on two elements that ultimately were kept in mind in the press declaration.
The statement plainly reflects the sectarian nature of the terrorist attack that is seen not only in Afghanistan but in Pakistan too where Shiite organizations are coming under terrorist attacks. The 2nd element that India stood firmly for and which discovers reference in journalism statement is attacks on other minority religious institutions.
There were efforts to have these referrals either eliminated, changed or watered down however this was turned down by India, which stood company that both – the sectarian nature of the violence in addition to other minority religious institutions being targeted – need to be recognised in the statement, sources said, adding that India’s position was accepted and the statement was then provided.
According to reports, Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul was vandalised earlier this month.
The Ministry of External Affairs had actually said that the vandalisation of the Gurdwara in Kabul raises concerns not just for India but for the world, and the global neighborhood needs to continue to firmly insist on fulfilling objectives outlined in a UN Security Council resolution that was adopted under India’s Presidency of the effective Security Council.
Against this backdrop, India was really clear that both the aspects should be unequivocally condemned.
The Council likewise highlighted the requirement to hold perpetrators, organisers, investors and sponsors of these guilty acts of terrorism liable and bring them to justice and urged all states, in accordance with their commitments under global law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to comply actively with all relevant authorities.
“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its kinds and manifestations makes up among the most major hazards to international peace and security,” the statement stated.
The members of the Security Council restated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their inspiration, anywhere, whenever and by whomsoever dedicated.
They reaffirmed the requirement for all states to combat by all methods, in accordance with the UN Charter and other responsibilities under global law, including global human rights law, global refugee law and global humanitarian law, threats to global peace and security triggered by terrorist acts.
The members revealed their inmost compassion and acknowledgements to the households of the victims and wanted a quick and full healing to those who were hurt.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned in the strongest terms the horrific attack on the mosque, keeping in mind that this was the third attack versus a religious organization in less than a week.
“Attacks that intentionally target civilians exercising the right to easily practice their faith are offenses of fundamental human rights and international humanitarian law. The criminals need to be brought to trial,” Guterres stated, revealing his acknowledgements to the bereaved households.
The UN Help Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) had actually stated that the UN family in Afghanistan is deeply concerned by the “very high casualties” in the mosque attack.
The mission stated that the attack belongs to a “disturbing” pattern of violence. It is the third fatal attack this week obviously targeting a religious organization.
“Islamic State (KP) claimed obligation for Sunday’s event beside a Kabul Mosque. Wednesday’s attack on a madrassa in Khost unclaimed,” UNAMA said in a tweet.

Published at Sun, 10 Oct 2021 05:17:10 -0500

Taliban ask US to unfreeze Afghan financial assets


DOHA: The Taliban have urged the United States to unfreeze Afghanistan’s main bank reserves, during the first in-person conference in Qatar after the takeover of Kabul in August.
The 2 sides on Saturday held their very first conference in Doha to turn a “brand-new page on their relationship”. This is the very first in-person conference between the two sides because the US drawdown from Afghanistan in mid-August.
Taliban Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said that they want to engage with the worldwide neighborhood and will not be in favour of one nation and against the other one.
“The requirement to establish great favorable relations with each other on an equal basis is being highlighted in the discussions. We stressed the requirement for unfreezing of Afghan monetary possessions in the wake of difficult scenarios facing Afghanistan,” the foreign minister stated, as quoted by the Voice of America (VOA).
“We clearly informed [the Americans] that nobody gain from an unstable Afghanistan, so nobody must try to compromise the present government of Afghanistan or fuel problems for our Afghan individuals who currently are having a hard time economically,” Muttaqi stated.
Just recently, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had actually put on hold funds to Afghanistan amid the rising unpredictability in the nation.
The advancements followed IMF recently revealed a USD 650 billion Unique Illustration Rights (SDR) allocation for member nations, however Afghanistan at the moment will not be enabled to access these funds, Tolo News reported.
Last month, IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice stated at an interview that Afghanistan will not have access to this grant due to the fact that of the uncertainty over Afghanistan’s federal government.

Released at Sun, 10 Oct 2021 04:46:21 -0500