India Makes Veiled Attack on Pakistan at United Nations

Syed akbaruddin
Syed akbaruddin

United  Nations, Sep 18 : Without mentioning Pakistan, India said Taliban, aided by their supporters, continue to pursue military operations perpetrating violence and destruction in Afghanistan.

India’s Ambassador to UN Syed Akbaruddin calls for crippling Taliban’s illicit drug trade in Afghanistan and asked the world body to act against the drug trade that is financing the Taliban with over a billion dollars as it continues its military operations with the support of Afghanistan’s neighbour.
“The opium produced in Taliban-controlled areas is estimated to account for 85 per cent of global illicit production, valued between $1.5 billion to $3 billion,” he said.

Terrorist organisations operating in Afghanistan “benefit significantly from criminal networks operating drug cartels and stealing Afghanistan’s natural resources”, India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin told the Security Council on Monday during a debate on the situation there.

“By some estimates, 60 per cent of the Taliban’s revenues are from the drug trade. Poppy cultivation is said to be the largest cash crop in Taliban-controlled areas,” he added.

Yet the UN has not given adequate attention to the drug trade that is financing the Taliban and other terrorist organisations, Akbaruddin said.

While a Security Council resolution earlier in 2018 focused on the nexus of terrorism, drugs and illegal exploitation of natural resources in Afghanistan, it fell “short of expectations in striving to cripple the Taliban’s drug trade”, he said.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ current report “also fails to address this very key issue in an adequate manner”, he added.

Akbaruddin cited the experience of combating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria where international action cut off its oil trade, reducing it by about 90 per cent, from about $50 million per month to $4 million, over three years.

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