India has clearly told at the US Security Council that Pakistan needs to change its “mindset” of differentiating between good and bad terrorists, advising them to focus on challenges posed by terrorism originating from the safe havens from across the border. The Indian Ambassador to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, said on Friday that only by changing the terror mindset can peace come to Afghanistan at a special ministerial meeting on the conflict-torn country.
“There is a common Afghan saying that roughly translates as if water is muddied downstream, don’t waste your time filtering it; better to go upstream to clean it,” he said. Pointing out that support for voices of peace in Afghanistan alone is not enough, Akbaruddin said, “We must focus on addressing the challenges posed by cross-border terrorism emanating from safe havens and sanctuaries to our region and especially to Afghanistan.” He added that “If we do so, the decay, which has been inflicted on Afghanistan, can be made reversible”. It is India’s idea that Afghanistan retrieves its place and New Delhi remains devoted to work faithfully with its regional and international partners to bring peace, stability, and prosperity in Afghanistan.
“It is with this in mind that our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Afghanistan on December 24, 2015, to inaugurate the Parliament building, stopped over in Lahore, Pakistan,” Akbaruddin said. He said, “Unfortunately, these visits were followed by a heinous and barbaric terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase on January 1, 2016, perpetrated and planned by the very same mindsets which attack the spirit of Afghanistan every day.” “These mindsets differentiate between good and bad terrorists. These mindsets refuse to see the reason for peace. They are mindsets that are reluctant to join hands in moving the region forward to build a shared future for our people and our youth. These mindsets, Mr. President, need to change,” he added.